Medvedev poses for a photograph as he visits a Buddhist monastery in the village of Verkhnaya Ivolga in Buryatia, Russia, in 2009.
An election monitoring group has become the first to be charged under a law passed last year that requires nongovernmental organizations to register as 'foreign agents' or face punitive measures.
Russia's Internet is facing official efforts to rein it in. Users are in an uproar over suggestions they should soon be sent only to a list of approved websites proposed by The League for Internet Safety.
The powerful Russian Orthodox Church wants the Duma to follow regional governments that have banned 'homosexual propaganda aimed at minors.' St. Petersburg enacted such a law last week.
Actress Frederique Bel wears a bicycle necklace as she arrives for the screening of the film Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope) in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in France.