The Russian Duma has ratified an agreement that effectively merges Russia’s military with that of Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia region.
At least 350 people, including opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, were detained across Russia as they rallied in support of an election boycott on January 28.
In late December, the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists exchanged prisoners captured during the conflict in the country's east. Some of those who were released say soldiers still being held face an uncertain fate. (Current Time TV)
Shouts of "Shame!" disrupted a judge's ruling in Kyiv as he ordered opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili, who is facing charges of abetting an alleged “criminal group,” to be placed under nightly house arrest. (Ukrainian Service)
Incumbent Milos Zeman was reelected president of the Czech Republic for a second five-year term on January 27 with 51.36 percent of the popular vote.
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More than 4,000 people took to the streets over the weekend in Moscow in support of Aleksei Navalny and his call to boycott the presidential election. Major rallies also took place in St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, and Murmansk. Presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak did not participate in the rally, but visited the detention center where Navalny was being held by police.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that Moscow believes a hotly anticipated U.S. list of rich Russians seen as close to President Vladimir Putin is an attempt to meddle in the country's March 18 election.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has scored a landslide first-round reelection victory, an apparent vote of confidence for his delicate balancing of relations with Russia and the West.
The Syrian conflict and Iran’s presence in the country will be high on the agenda when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 29.
On January 28, as thousands of protesters countrywide heeded opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's call to rally for an election boycott, Russian authorities tried, but failed to shut down his most potent tool: his YouTube channel.
A car belonging to Russian presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak's campaign chief in the northwestern city of Pskov has been torched in an alleged arson attack.
Authorities in Russia's Far East say they have detained several people on suspicion of smuggling parts of endangered Siberian tigers, brown bears, and other animals in a raid that has helped uncover a major smuggling route between Russian and China.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has fired three deputy Prime Ministers and tasked one new appointee with creating a new Institute of Journalism and Mass Communications. (in Russian, Turkmen Service)
A recent poll published by the Russian state Public Opinion Research Center finds that 36 percent of respondents support a proposal of the Russian Security Council to create an internet exclusively for BRICS countries that is independent of the U.S. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
New financial and travel sanctions against Russians are expected to target an expanded list of secondary companies as well as Kremlin-connected insiders and business leaders.