Viktor Bout, a former Russian Air Force officer accused of being one of the world's biggest illicit arms traffickers, was handed over to the US by Thai officials.
Canada's defeat of the men's hockey team of former Olympics powerhouse Russia is a reminder that post-Soviet Olympians have yet to deliver the showers of golden medals that their USSR-era predecessors took for granted.
Though he invited role model rappers to represent Russia in the Vancouver Olympics, Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin didn't win many style points in the international press for his appearance at a hip hop contest.
Some 36,000 officers are expected to be cut this year and many Soviet-era 'phantom divisions' eliminated. But will the economic crisis undercut reforms?
Embattled President Saakashvili has accused Russians of financing a popular movement to oust him.