The social-networking phenomenon is urging women to tear their clothes off for Vladimir Putin. It's part of a bizarre range of PR activities rushing into a vacuum of real political competition.
Two Russian art curators were found guilty, after a 14 month trial, of violating Russia's tough hate-speech law. Some say the verdict protects religious values, but others decry it as censorship.
Only 24 hours after Somali pirates took control of a Russian oil tanker and took 23 Russian crew members captive, a Russian warship hunted it down, stormed the vessel, and freed the crew.
A Russian warship rescued 23 Russian sailors at dawn today. The men were taken hostage Wednesday when their oil tanker was hijacked by Somali pirates.
Somali pirates have captured a Russian oil tanker, bound for China. EU naval officials say a Russian Navy vessel is in pursuit.