What’s wrong with Russia’s version of the Patriot Act
Critics ranging from telecom firms to Edward Snowden are slamming new Russian legislation that was pushed through in the guise of fighting terrorism.
Doping scandal: Russian athletes wait to hear if they can compete in Rio
A series of doping scandals involving Russian athletes has led to calls for an outright ban against the entire Russian Olympic squad.
Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko freed by Russia in prisoner swap
Savchenko was exchanged for two Russian soldiers who had been sentenced by Ukraine to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel-held east.
Russia denies state-run doping at showcase Sochi Games
Russia on Friday denied what it called unsubstantiated claims of a vast state-run doping programme during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi seen by many as a triumph for Vladimir Putin.
Russia is literally giving away land for free
President Vladimir Putin signed a law this month granting 2.5 acres of land in its Far East territory to any Russian who wants it. What's the catch?
Putin admits Panama Papers are 'accurate,' but he blames the US for the leak
The Russian leader says the money was used to buy musical instruments.
Kremlin: Nothing to see here after Panama Papers link Putin cronies to offshore deals
The Kremlin spokesman, who himself figures in the files, said there was 'nothing new or concrete' about the Russian leader in the leaks, but blamed them on rampant 'Putinophobia.'
Plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people on board killed
The plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday.
Here’s the other reason Putin is pulling out of Syria
'Mission accomplished' does not quite cover his motivation for calling time-out.
Putin says Russians to start withdrawing from Syria, as peace talks resume
President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that 'the main part' of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw.
Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day
Environmentalists say: Stop it with all the roses.
War crimes are rampant in Syria, UN inquiry finds
It's not surprising, of course. But a UN commission of inquiry says that accountability for these horrors must be part of the peace process.
3 reasons the Russia-Saudi oil deal is probably doomed from the start
Major oil producing nations have agreed to freeze production to help raise prices. It's not enough.
Major oil producing nations say they'll freeze production to stop price collapse
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar have agreed to keep production at current levels to help stop the decline in global oil prices.
World powers agree to a 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria — sort of
Parties not involved in the agreement: The Syrian regime and the Islamic State.
Chechen strongman claims Russian spies are infiltrating Islamic State
Pro-Kremlin Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed spies from his region of Russia are being sent to Syria to assist Moscow in its bombing campaign.
US demands Russia immediately halt airstrikes in Syria, as peace talks collapse
The United States demanded Thursday that Russia immediately halt its bombing campaign in Syria after a breakdown in peace talks exposed the deep rift among world powers.
Putin's crony in Chechnya is making some unbelievable death threats on Instagram
Ramzan Kadyrov is tight with Vladimir Putin and puts critics in his crosshairs.
Remember swine flu? It’s back
Experts say it's preventable, but more than 100 people in Eastern Europe have died from H1N1.
Russia’s economy is tanking. But McDonald’s is still lovin’ it
The Golden Arches are opening up 60 new restaurants this year across Russia, even out in Siberia.
Litvinenko isn't the only Putin critic who ended up dead
The ex-spy is just one of a trail of Putin foes who have mysteriously died over the years.
Here's a timeline of Russia's 10-year Litvinenko affair
Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, an arch foe of President Vladimir Putin, died in London on November 23, 2006 after being poisoned with radioactive polonium 210.
Take a front-row seat to Russia’s air war in Syria (VIDEOS)
The Kremlin is boasting with sleek videos of destruction, but monitors accuse it of killing more than 1,000 civilians.
Two million Russians plunge into icy water to mark the Epiphany
Orthodox believers take part in this outdoor purification ritual each year.
Russia now officially considers NATO a top military threat
The year is off to a terrible start for relations between Russia and the West.
This year's El Niño is one of the worst on record, and that's bad for everyone
Floods in the Americas, fires in Asia and drought in Africa: Welcome to the season of extreme weather.
It’s never too late for a Putin-themed holiday gift set
If this sounds a bit too Orwellian, it probably is.
The double life of a Russian 'spy' beheaded by the Islamic State
Who was Magomed Khasiev?
Russia is 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than the rest of the world
The climate change alarms are ringing. Russia is heating up more than twice as fast on average than the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday.
Putin, Modi hail 'partnership' as India eyes defense deals
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Thursday the "partnership" between their two nations as they oversaw the signing of energy and other
Russian raids in Syria may amount to war crimes
Amnesty International said on Wednesday that nearly three months of Russian air raids in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians, many in targeted strikes that could constitute war crimes.