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.
A Ukrainian oligarch may have convinced Putin that President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan is 'an important step towards reaching a final settlement' in the east.
Moscow gave guarded approval to the Ukrainian president's plan. But rebel opposition, military realities, and even resistance from western Ukrainians undermine its prospects.
President Poroshenko has effectively ended $15 billion in arms contracts that keep Russia's military in the air and Ukraine's defense industry employed.
Kiev owes Gazprom billions in unpaid gas bills. But the Ukraine-Russia gas wars have taken a toll on Europe's confidence in Russia as an energy supplier.
Russia's state gas company delayed its threatened suspension of shipments to Ukraine today, even as the Kremlin appeared to ramp up its backing of rebellious eastern Ukraine.
The new bloc, which joins Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus, has vast economic potential. But the fallout from Ukraine's crisis have already hurt the union, and could chill its further growth.
Ukraine's president-elect is broadly regarded as pragmatic, but with Putin looking to block Kiev's westward tilt and end its military operations in the east, a deal with Russia may be hard to come by.
Russia's leader said he would work with whomever the Ukrainian people choose on Sunday to be president, though he added that Ukraine must not join NATO.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev argued that President Obama's lack of tact is 'slowly but surely moving' the US and Russia 'toward a second cold war.'
Putin is in Shanghai to cut a long-gestating deal to provide China with gas. But experts warn that Russia may not be ready to fulfill the deal's terms for years to come.