President Medvedev visits Venezuela this week as a Russian nuclear warship leads joint maneuvers.
An amendment extending the president's term is set to pass in the Duma this week.
The world's biggest suppliers will meet in Moscow on Nov. 18 to finalize plans for a cartel to control gas prices.
Decades of neglect, outdated technology, and an ineffective conscript system reduced the capabilities of the Russian Army.
As EU monitors arrive, new details contradict Russia's assertion that Georgia invaded South Ossetia first.