September 19, 2013 The Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee wrote a stinging response to the Russian leader's put-down of "American exceptionalism." Putin, he tells Russians, "rules for himself, not you." McCain's essay has been posted by Russia's Pravda.
September 5, 2013 "Awkward" is the word being used to describe the upcoming encounters between the two leaders at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thanks to a shuffling of the seats, news outlets report, the Russian and U.S. leaders won't be sitting near each other during group meetings.
September 4, 2013 While the president meets with world leaders in Sweden and Russia, members of Congress continue to debate his request for authorization to take military action.
August 31, 2013 The Russian leader says claims made by the U.S. are "nothing more than a provocation" for a military strike on the regime.
August 7, 2013 The U.S. objects to Russia's granting of temporary asylum to "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden. Obama will still attend a summit of world leaders in St. Petersburg next month, but he will not have a separate summit with the Russian leader.
July 29, 2013 The Russian president has had himself photographed in a variety of macho images. The photographs have been criticized, but have done little to dim his popularity.
July 18, 2013 Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. The case against him heightened criticism that Russian authorities are stifling opposing voices.
July 17, 2013 The news comes a day after Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in the country and just after Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S.-Russian relations are more important than the Snowden case.
July 16, 2013 The former NSA contractor has been stranded and stateless at a Moscow airport for more than 20 days. Russian President Vladimir Putin compared him to an unwanted Christmas present.
July 12, 2013 In the wake of the NSA spying scandal, the Kremlin is said to have ordered typewriters to make sure its secret communications stay that way.
July 11, 2013 The whistle-blowing lawyer was found guilty by a Russian court even though he died in prison in 2009. The case seemingly was a first for Russia, but putting the dead on trial isn't entirely unprecedented in history.
June 25, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected calls from the United States to arrest and extradite Edward Snowden.
April 10, 2013 The bill would make it a crime, punishable by prison and a steep fine, to offend religious feelings.