Between Western sanctions and plummeting crude oil prices, things are looking grim for Russia's economy. But Russians appear prepared to weather the storm.
Tanking oil prices may force Iraq to delay its final Gulf War reparations payment to Kuwait. And oil's drop has weakened the ruble, which Russia's central bank intervened to prop up today.
France was under heavy pressure from NATO allies not to go through with the sale of the helicopter carrier amid rising tensions over Ukraine.
A Russian-based website is offering computer video feeds into people's homes around the world. A database on the site shows listings for 4,591 cameras in the US, 2,059 in France, and 1,576 in the Netherlands.
Russia's decision to increase its military patrols of the West comes amid increasing tensions over the situation in Ukraine.
The European Leadership Network chronicled some 40 incidents over the past eight months, saying that Russian forces 'seem to have been authorized to act in a much more aggressive way.'