The Kremlin is cutting its initial production of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter by 75 percent amid cost overruns and rumored technical concerns – the same kind of issues that have plagued US development of the F-35.
President Poroshenko fired Igor Kolomoisky from his position as governor of Dnipropetrovsk today. Kolomoisky used his political power and personal battalions to seize the state oil company's offices in Kiev last week.
Russia is threatening to turn off the taps, claiming that Kiev needs to pay for the gas that Russia's Gazprom is directing to rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Europe's own gas supplies could be affected if a shutdown occurs.
Kiev claims the Ukrainian port is next on the list of targets for Russia-backed rebels, who argue they have no plans to attack the city. Mariupol's fate could determine whether the country's tenuous cease-fire holds.
The head of Russia's FSB security agency said today that some 1,700 Russians are in Iraq and Syria fighting for IS forces – and that Russia and the West need to work more closely together to deal with jihadis.
The tale of a man crushed by an omnipotent, corrupt state is a leading contender for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. But its unrelenting, bleak critique of modern Russian life has irked politicians.
The Russian president's visit to Hungary is part of a greater diplomatic offensive to prove he is not boxed in by sanctions. The trip's political significance for Moscow far outweighs the projected deals with Prime Minister Orban.
The Kremlin has been able to make its decisions without public scrutiny, despite the disparate Russian elites jockeying for the president’s ear. Even those directly involved have no idea with whom else Putin may be consulting.