The Russian president is known for being unflappable, but a leaked video shows him shouting and cursing at his cabinet ministers over their 'extremely low' quality of work.
A Kremlin official said Obama's proposals on how to move forward on defense and trade were 'constructive' – high praise, considering Russia's frustration over US blacklisting of its officials.
The Russian president ordered all state officials to declare assets and divest foreign-held funds, in an apparent effort to tighten the Kremlin's controls and stem corruption.
Leaks about the report, which says the Communists won the 2011 parliamentary elections, suggest a power struggle could be going on among Russia's elite - and perhaps involving Putin.
Andrei Lugovoi, who is now an elected official in Russia, says he won't talk even by video to British investigators about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London just over six years ago.
Russians have embraced beauty pageants since the end of the Soviet era, but in recent months at least two beauty queens have triggered media scandal over their criticisms of Russia.
International Women's Day has been a popular holiday in Russia since the Soviet era, when women played a major role in work and politics. But they have been largely sidelined by men since.
The January attack on the legendary ballet troupe's artistic director was allegedly masterminded by Pavel Dmitrichenko, a dancer who specialized in villainous roles like Ivan the Terrible.
Companies with ties to the US and Russia are battling for a contract to expand a Czech nuclear power plant, which analysts say may be the gateway to kickstarting other nuclear power projects in Eastern Europe.
Some 20,000 people turned out for a protest in Moscow this weekend over the death of a 3-year-old adoptee in Texas, which was ruled an accident. Russian officials are demanding more evidence.