President Obama has announced several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow, acting with European allies. Here are answers to some simple questions about sanction specifics.
Though Western new sanctions on finance, energy, and other sectors will hinder Russia's long-term growth, economists say, the country will not suffer any short-term effects.
Human rights advocates say Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, each of whom were sentenced Thursday to 4-1/2 years in prison, were railroaded by Russian authorities to deter civil activism.
Many leading foreign policy advisers to Putin say that Ukraine is merely an excuse for US-led sanctions, and that Washington is bent on 'regime change' in Russia.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is holding Russia accountable for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. He says Canada will escalate its economic sanctions against Russian individuals and companies.
Vladimir Putin has few options to deflect the wave of outrage from a world that increasingly sees Russia as responsible for separatist malfeasance in eastern Ukraine.
Strange rumors, unsubstantiated claims, and the blame game between Russian and Ukrainian media persists as the world demands answers over MH17.
Moscow is adamant that it had nothing to do with the destruction of the commercial airliner. But Russian experts say that proof that rebels were involved will bring the West down hard on Putin.
The city's huge subway system, one of the world's largest outside of Asia, has been spared major accident until today, when at least 21 people were killed in a derailment.
Russian leadership is of two minds on how to respond to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine, which crossed the border over the weekend. But 'surgical strikes' appear to be off the table.
Russia's parliament has been in overdrive in recent weeks, working on legislation targeting free speech, women's heels, and the use of foreign words like 'hamburger.'