Feb 21, 2014 — Russia's leader believes Moscow must play a central role in global affairs, from ex-Soviet republics like Ukraine to Syria in the Middle East. His positions put him in regular conflict with the U.S.
Feb 14, 2014 — Athletes and spectators are giving the food in Sochi rave reviews. But what are they eating, exactly? It's a mashup of Soviet-era Russian faves, punctuated with foods of the Caucasus that have long been special treats for people visiting the Russian Riviera.
Dec 23, 2013 — The Russian creator of the world's most popular weapon died Monday at the age of 94, officials tell Russian news outlets. More than 100 million of the weapons, including knockoffs, have been produced. While proud of his invention, Kalashnikov said it saddened him to see them used by terrorists.
Dec 9, 2013 — The Russian president dissolved RIA Novosti and an international radio broadcaster, setting up a new organization to be run by a news anchor known for his ultraconservative views. The move was seen as a surprise.
Oct 22, 2013 — The demand for Russia's high-value timber is fueling organized crime, government corruption and illegal logging. The hardwood often ends up as flooring and furniture in the United States, Europe, Japan and China.
Aug 23, 2013 — Putin issued the 10-week ban along with other orders designed to tighten security. All of this comes in the shadow of newly-passed anti-gay laws.
Jul 17, 2013 — There have been suggestions that if Russia grants asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden, the U.S. should respond by not sending athletes to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. But others say that just sends the wrong message and punishes only the athletes.
Jul 14, 2013 — The prosecution of a deceased critic of the government made headlines this week, but opposition figures say it was just one of several cases where dissidents are being targeted.
May 28, 2012 — The mystery surrounding the fate of the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest has lingered for more than six decades. A Russian security archivist says his agency is not hiding details on what happened to Wallenberg who disappeared after being arrested by the Soviet Red Army.