Though new Western sanctions on finance, energy, and other sectors will hinder Russia's long-term growth, economists say, the country will not suffer any short-term effects.
Human rights advocates say Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, each of whom were sentenced Thursday to 4-1/2 years in prison, were railroaded by Russian authorities to deter civil activism.
Many leading foreign policy advisers to Putin say that Ukraine is merely an excuse for US-led sanctions, and that Washington is bent on 'regime change' in Russia.
In a security meeting today, Putin said Russia would try to rein in Ukraine's rebels. He also effectively told media and politicians that the country is not under Western siege – and to stop repeating that claim.
Vladimir Putin has few options to deflect the wave of outrage from a world that increasingly sees Russia as responsible for separatist malfeasance in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is widely believed to have been shot down with the Soviet-era BUK anti-aircraft system – a complex, but still widely used and effective weapon.
Moscow is adamant that it had nothing to do with the destruction of the commercial airliner. But Russian experts say that proof that rebels were involved will bring the West down hard on Putin.
Russian experts say that reopening the Lourdes post, closed since 2001, will let Moscow 'watch the entire Western Hemisphere' and is meant to tweak the US.
The city's huge subway system, one of the world's largest outside of Asia, has been spared major accident until today, when at least 21 people were killed in a derailment.
Russian leadership is of two minds on how to respond to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine, which crossed the border over the weekend. But 'surgical strikes' appear to be off the table.
Russia's parliament has been in overdrive in recent weeks, working on legislation targeting free speech, women's heels, and the use of foreign words like 'hamburger.'
The former NSA contractor's lawyer tells the Monitor he has filled all the necessary paperwork for his client to continue living in Russia, which gave him sanctuary last year.
India and China are Russia's main customers in an arms industry that remains shrouded in secrecy. Russia needs to expand its sales to rebuild its own military.
The close associate of Mikhail Gorbachev died today. He helped negotiate an end to the cold war and was later forced to step down as president of Georgia.
Putin's seeming passivity as Ukraine's Army drives back pro-Russian rebels could spark a political backlash at home, warns Russia's leading ultranationalist philosopher.
Putin said that he would hold Poroshenko responsible for new bloodshed in the east, but he appears disinclined to become more involved in Ukraine's conflict.
The first shipment of ground attack Sukhoi fighters comes after Iraq complained the US wasn't delivering support its needs to fend off Islamic militants.
In sharp contrast to the festive mood in Brussels, the Kremlin is warning that today's Ukraine-EU trade deal signing will lead to 'serious consequences' for Kiev.
Russia and Austria's gas companies signed a pact on the Austrian portion of the South Stream pipeline, helping the Kremlin defang Western energy-sanction threats.
Vladimir Putin today asked Russia's parliament to repeal the March 1 resolution that allowed him to send troops to Ukraine, as peace talks continue in the troubled country.