In a controversial bid to gain support, the ruling United Russia party has bolstered its ranks with eight Olympic medalists, a popular singer, and a prima ballerina from the Bolshoi Ballet.
The Nobel Prize-winning writer gave voice to millions imprisoned in Stalin's Gulag. He died Sunday.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. downgrades Russian stocks as government looks set to nationalize private steel and oil companies.
Standoffs over Georgia and a US missile-defense shield stem from one main irritant: Moscow had no hand in designing global security after the USSR collapsed. Medvedev wants to fix that.
Tensions are growing as NATO and a resurgent Russia divide over future of breakaway statelets.