December 19, 2013 The Russian leader pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once that nation's richest man. He has spent a decade behind bars for a fraud conviction that critics say was a politically motivated charge.
December 18, 2013 Tennis great Billie Jean King and ice hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow will be going to the games. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will not be. LGBT advocates say the White House has made clear its displeasure with Russian policies toward gays and others.
December 17, 2013 Moscow has agreed to a massive bailout package for Ukraine, a deal that could keep the country from bankruptcy next year.
December 16, 2013 Warsaw and Vilnius have issued statements of concern following news that Russia has deployed short-range Iskander missiles in the neighboring Baltic territory of Kaliningrad.
December 16, 2013 Moscow is reportedly hoping that a financial backing of the Kiev government will keep the former Soviet republic within its sphere of influence.
November 25, 2013 Last week's decision by the government was seen as a tilt toward Moscow. Russia, angry at Ukraine's talks with the EU, had banned some Ukrainian products and vowed to erect trade barriers if the association agreement went ahead. Ukrainian protesters rallied for a second day in the capital.
November 12, 2013 Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China were all reelected to new six-year terms on the international body, but some say they fall short of the council's implied standards.
October 31, 2013 Officials in Tel Aviv have refused to comment on the reported attack at a Syrian airbase near the port city of Latakia.
October 31, 2013 The "NSA leaker" is set to start working Friday, his attorney claims. It isn't known yet just what website he'll be working for. He's been given asylum in Russia.
October 10, 2013 A new report says Russia has the highest rate of inequality in the world – barring some small Caribbean islands. Just how bad is it? Thirty-five percent of household wealth in the country is in hands of 110 people.
September 21, 2013 A prominent Russian lawmaker mocked the U.S. during the mass shooting in Washington this week. But statistics show that Russia has more killings each year than the U.S. despite a much smaller population.
September 18, 2013 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia will bring evidence to the U.N. Security Council. Russia is still, though, working with the U.S. to get Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime to give up its chemical weapons.
September 14, 2013 In a plan announced Saturday, the U.S. and Russia would give Syria a week to detail its chemical weapons arsenal. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart reached the deal on the third day of talks in Geneva.
September 13, 2013 The blaze in the town of Luka, about 120 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, was the second such incident at a Russian psychiatric ward in recent months.
September 12, 2013 Russia is "playing games. ... They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime," Gen. Salim Idris tells NPR. Many Syrians, he says, "can't understand why the Russians and Iranians are supporting the [Assad] regime" and why "our friends are delaying" in coming to the opposition's aid.