Former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili has defended himself against accusations that he committed a crime by crossing the Ukrainian border on September 10, telling reporters he has a legal Ukrainian passport and it was crime to have stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship in the first place. Police officially served Saakashvili notice of his illegal entry on September 12.
Mehman Aliyev, the head of Azerbaijan’s independent Turan news agency, has been put under house arrest pending his trial on charges of tax evasion and abuse of power.
Two cars were torched in Moscow in an apparent reprisal for a controversial film about Tsar Nicholas II. But the film, called Matilda, still had its premiere in Vladivostok.
Sadyk Kaziev learned how to communicate in sign language when he was 10 years old to aid his deaf parents. Now he helps others by interpreting pop songs on Instagram.
Russia says Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has met with U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, to address sore spots in Moscow and Washington's relations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded former Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak a top state honor in recognition of his "substantial contribution to the realization of Russia's foreign policy."
Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 antiaircraft missile systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow.
Ukrainian border control authorities have formally read out a document to Mikheil Saakashvili on his illegal entry into Ukraine two days earlier.
The independent Russian election monitoring group, Golos, said low turnout was the result of a lack of competition and voters' distrust of the electoral process.
The Russian opposition is claiming success after a grassroots campaign led by Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov helped dissenters win a rare toehold in the capital in weekend elections.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Russian authorities to "identify and prosecute" those responsible for the attacks on journalist Yulia Latynina and to ensure she can "live and work safely" in the country.
A plaque honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov that was placed on his apartment building in Moscow has been removed after less than one week.
A vigorous import/export market has developed along Russia’s border with Estonia, spurred by a ban on food imports from the EU declared by Russia after the bloc imposed sanctions following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Residents from both sides are exploiting the five-kilogram limit to trundle cheese, meats and other scarce products across the Narva bridge. (Russian Service)
More than 20,000 survivors of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina are still being denied justice, Amnesty International said in a report released on September 12.
Kazakhstan’s military court has convicted former National Security Committee chief Nartai Dutbaev on espionage charges and sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in prison.