Some analysts say a declaration by either President Medvedev or Prime Minister Putin could upend Russian politics well ahead of next year's presidential vote.
The ideological divide in Russia between Soviet-tending Putin and pro-Western Medvedev makes it tough for the US to set policies with Moscow. But a more difficult scenario is likely to come: anti-Western Putin in power in 2012. Obama must send a strong message to Moscow now, not later.
A man walks past the outside wall of the 'Art In The Streets' exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibit is the first major historical exhibition of graffiti and street art to be organized by an American museum.
Russia eliminated a number of top militant leaders. Russian experts warn that eliminating Osama bin Laden does not remove the threat of Al Qaeda attacks.
Irish Guards are inspected on the parade ground by Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else, (r.), at their barracks in Windsor, southern England. The Guards will perform ceremonial duties at the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.
Prime Minister Putin electrified observers this week by saying that neither he nor President Dmitry Medvedev had ruled out being candidates for president in 2012.
In the run-up to military operations over Libya, and since, NATO and the West have been criticized for acting immorally, if not illegally, with an eye to seizing control of Libya’s oil riches. Muammar Qaddafi recently wrote to President Obama blaming NATO for an “unjust war against a small people of a developing country.” Others, including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, have even gone so far as to equate the Western alliance’s actions as a modern “crusade.” The following four points from Brooke Smith-Windsor of the NATO Defense College in Rome show that nothing could be farther from the truth.
Russia is dangling billion-dollar benefits if Ukraine joins a Moscow trade alliance, a move that would scuttle Kiev's chance at an EU free-trade deal.
Russia's Dmitry Medvedev and Poland's Bronislaw Komorowski met on the one-year anniversary of a plane crash that killed Poland's former president en route to Russia. A probe of the crash has sparked controversy.