The news of 71 migrants found dead on a highway in Austria has given new fuel to an EU-wide, mandatory quota system to relocate refugees. But sentiments in Estonia reveal the obstacles such a plan still faces.
Residents of Baltiysk rejected an entire slate of district council candidates from Putin's United Russia party, instead voting in independents. But while the election demonstrated that democracy still exists in Russia, it also showed its limitations.
After years of supporting Iran in its efforts to reach a deal on its nuclear program, Russia comes away as a big winner in last week's accord. But that isn't likely to continue if and when Iran rejoins the global economy.
The Kremlin is increasingly concerned about an Islamist uprising in one of the weak autocracies along its southern flank, most of which will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit today in Ufa, Russia.