Alexander Fishenko and others sold cutting-edge microelectronics that could be used in Russian weapons systems, according to federal prosecutors.
Vladimir Putin is getting most of what he wants out Kyrgyzstan, including a lease extension on a Russian airbase and part ownership of a torpedo plant, while America's star there is on the wane.
In a statement on Wednesday, Russian officials accused Western powers of doing nothing to end the conflict in Syria, saying they were instead instigating it.
Western governments have said the sentences handed down to the female band members were unreasonable. Russia's Foreign Ministry calls this criticism 'biased and politically charged.'
The Russian punk rock band spawned small bands of supporters dressed as Pussy Riot look-a-likes Friday dozens of cities worldwide. The three women were sentence Friday to two years in prison for hooliganism.
Ranch for Kids owner denies claims of mistreatment and says she is concerned that the recent US-Russian adoption treaty may help Russian officials establish lawsuits against adoptive parents.
The country spiraled closer to civil war as UN forces came under fire; meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that Russia was arming the Syrian regime with helicopters.
US Ambassador Mike McFaul has been a Kremlin target since his arrival – most recently being slammed as 'unprofessional' and accused of spreading 'blatant falsehoods.'
Russia appears to be running out of patience with Assad's heavy hand, and is preparing to push the Syrian leader for political and humanitarian concessions.
An angry Moscow has vowed to repatriate Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout, whom a US court convicted of conspiring to kill American citizens.