Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his state of the union speech on Thursday, defended the Kremlin's aggressive foreign policy, saying the actions are necessary for his country's survival.
At least 5,000 Russians marched on a frosty Sunday afternoon in Moscow to protest plans to lay off thousands of doctors and close hospitals against the backdrop of a flagging economy.
Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug (center right) stands outside a refrigerated train as members of the Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team inspect bodies.
President Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a ceremony marking Victory Day in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday. It was his first visit to the region since Russia annexed it in March.
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 17. Obama has strongly condemned Russian intervention in Ukraine but has not yet announced a concrete response.
Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky talks to the media on Aug. 31, 2012, after losing his case against Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in London. Berezovsky was found Saturday dead at his home in Britain.