Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for merger of political parties and social groups. Some observers say it's a bid to boost poll numbers, while others see it as throwback to Soviet-era engineering.
The newly anointed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have yet to leave on their official honeymoon – leading to much speculation about its destination – but the royal family is having their own moment in the sun.
Nearly 20 years after the collapse of the atheistic Soviet Union, a recent poll found that 82 percent of Russians classify themselves as religious believers. But far fewer subscribe to organized religion.