Sunday, April 22, 2018

Putin rallies voters, says 'victory will be ours'

MOSCOW — In a short but fiery presidential campaign speech, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on voters Thursday to prepare for battle to protect the country's future.

Government opponents and foreign influences are threatening to weaken Russia, Putin told tens of thousands of people at a rally in Moscow held on Defender of the Fatherland Day, a national holiday known as Red Army Day during the Soviet era.

"We won't allow anybody to interfere with our internal affairs and we won't allow anybody to impose his will on us because we have a will of our own!" Putin told the crowd, largely made up of government workers brought near the Luzhniki soccer stadium in chartered buses. "The battle of Russia is continuing! Victory will be ours!"

Putin, who presents himself as a defender of Russia, has about 50 percent support nationwide and is expected to win his third presidential term in the March 4 election, in part because there are no strong opponents on the ballot. Large antigovernment protests have been held recently in response to a parliamentary election won by Putin's party that many considered damaged by fraud.

In his speech Thursday, Putin did not specify who or what Russia would face in battle, though he has described protest leaders as agents of the West working against Russia.

Some in the crowd praised the prime minister and former president, while others showed little enthusiasm, at times hesitating to say why they attended a pro-Putin rally.

Comments
Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

Rays are suddenly swinging hot bats, but will it last?

ST. PETERSBURG — Good pitching and hitting go hand and glove, but the Rays did not look like a team that could swing the bats very well until this completed homestand.In their series sweep over the Twins, Tampa Bay scored 8, 10 and 8 runs. In S...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNBaseballAutosIndyCar: Grand Prix of AlabamanoonNBCSNTwins at Yankees7 p.m.ESPNMarlins at Dodgers10 p.m.FSFCollege softballTennessee at Alabama7 p.m.SECLouisville at Florida State7 p.m.ESPNUNBA playoffs...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays’ Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

Rays’ Carlos Gomez hits two-run walkoff homer to beat Twins for series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG — With every swing, there is a chance Carlos Gomez is going to do something extraordinary with the baseball bat.He may swing so violently that he spins himself into the ground as if he were an oil drill. Or, you could see him sna...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Latest: UN chief condemns attack on Afghan vote center

The Latest: UN chief condemns attack on Afghan vote center

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack on a voter registration center in Afghanistan that killed at least 57 people
Updated: 1 hour ago

nationwideTravelers face delays as jet engines inspectedScores of Southwest Airlines travelers were facing delays or cancellations Sunday due to emergency inspections following the mid-air explosion of an engine on one of the airline’s 737s last week...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Paraguay ruling party candidate wins presidential election

Paraguay ruling party candidate wins presidential election

The son of an aide to Paraguay's former dictator won the presidential election Sunday, helped by a booming economy under his party
Updated: 1 hour ago
Waffle House hero says shooter would’ve had ‘to work to kill me’; another crude Theta Tau frat video surfaces at Syracuse; more in U.S. news

Waffle House hero says shooter would’ve had ‘to work to kill me’; another crude Theta Tau frat video surfaces at Syracuse; more in U.S. news

TennesseeShooter had ‘to work to kill me’The man who wrestled the gun away from the nearly naked Waffle House shooter in Nashville said Sunday if he were going to die, the gunman would "have to work to kill me." Police and Waffle House CEO Walter Ehm...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking's state firearms card was revoked last year, but his guns were given to his father with the promise they wouldn't be shared with his son
Updated: 2 hours ago
4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

Police say 4 people were shot dead after a man wearing nothing but a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee
Updated: 2 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Sun., April 22, midday:2-2 7-3-9 4-4-6-8e_SRit3-8-8-6-0Sun., April 22, evening:6-2 8-6-0 8-3-9-8e_SR...
Updated: 2 hours ago