US Vice President Joe Biden toured Eastern Europe this week with a new missile-defense plan designed to reassure the Czech Republic and Poland that they aren't being forgotten as relations warm with Moscow.
On Thursday, a Thai prosecutor said Thailand would resist US pressure to extradite Viktor Bout to the US. In August, a Thai court dropped all criminal charges against Bout, widely suspected of being a key player in the shadowy arms-smuggling world.
Former leader Mikhail Gorbachev and others are outraged after last week's elections, which only 3 percent of Russians believed were fair, according to a poll.
Stalin's grandson tried to sue Novaya Gazeta over its characterization of the Russian leader. A judge ruled against him Tuesday, giving human rights advocates a boost.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Russia marks improving diplomatic ties, and some Russian analysts say President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is creating momentum for more nuclear cooperation.
Russians are surprised, but largely welcoming of Obama's prize.
Anna Politkovskaya was murdered three years ago, but her killers have not been brought to justice. Russian journalists say that's a sign of how dangerous their jobs have become.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday he might run again but could hold any post, reinforcing beliefs he is saving the spot for his predecessor Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Medvedev made few new concessions in response to the canceling of Russia's Eastern European missile-shield plan. But new ways to cooperate on threats like Iran's nuclear program and instability in Afghanistan are emerging.
The sale of Opel to a Russian-Canadian consortium has prompted allegations that Germany's Merkel sweetened the deal to retain jobs at the expense of other Europeans.