The exchange of Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko for two Russian servicemen appears to be moving ahead. But the deal could also reopen the question of just how involved Russia is with Ukraine's eastern rebellion.
Vladimir Putin took questions from reporters and the public, on topics ranging from his love life to foreign policy. But the overarching theme seemed to be an effort to sympathize with and reassure Russians suffering from the recession.
In September, Russian voters will be able to directly elect some of their representatives to the national legislature – potentially allowing reformers to gain national office. Authorities are looking to stop that.
Coming so soon after a damning report on his despotic reign, Ramzan Kadyrov's declaration that he will not run for reelection may look like political retreat. But it is actually a show for his patron, Putin.
Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill's meeting Friday in Cuba will be the first ever between the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches. But some say that the meeting was made without discussion.
Small businesses are a small part of Russia's oligarch-dominated economy. But despite the headwinds they face – and the instability they could bring to the current order – they are showing resilience amid the downturn.
With economic woes at home and tensions with the West abroad, Russians are putting a new gloss on the Communist years – one that even previously unsupportive authorities seem to now be tacitly backing.