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.
January 3, 2013 Gerard Depardieu has complained about high taxes in his native land. Meanwhile, he has befriended some of Russia's allies and is an acting icon in that nation. Also, the Russian leader may see a chance to tweak the West by claiming one of its wealthier citizens.
December 28, 2012 An estimated 1,500 American families are in the process of adopting from Russia. About 50 have already been matched with a child. Now, their plans are in limbo. Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a law barring U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
December 27, 2012 Angered by an American law barring some Russian officials from entering the U.S., parliament members in Moscow have retaliated. Putin has now said he sees no reason not to sign the adoption ban. More than 60,000 Russian children have been adopted by Americans since 1992, the State Department says.
November 14, 2012 Now anyone who knows a "state secret" will face up to 20 years in prison. Critics fear the law follows a series of recent moves designed to silence dissent.
November 6, 2012 It's an out of character move for the Kremlin, because Anatoly E. Serdyukov was a Vladimir Putin loyalist.
October 10, 2012 Two of the three political punk rockers will serve the remainder of their two-year terms for "hooliganism."
September 6, 2012 In just the past 24 hours he has mused about why group sex might be better than "one-on-one" and has been video taped flying a motorized hang glider in an attempt to lead some cranes on their migration south.
August 17, 2012 The three women were accused of religious hatred for an anti-Putin protest they staged in a cathedral. The case has attracted attention around the world as people come to the young women's defense.
June 12, 2012 Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in Moscow to protest newly elected President Vladmir Putin, saying he controls the country through a corrupt political system. Opposition leaders were questioned ahead of the demonstration.
March 10, 2012 Opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin staged another rally in Moscow on Saturday, but with Putin now elected to the presidency for a six-year term, their mass protest movement seemed to be losing steam. Still, some of the speakers on the stage gave a glimpse of where the anti-Putin movement is heading.
March 5, 2012 It's no surprise that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Sunday's election to return to the more powerful post he previously held — president. Also not surprising: Reports of many voting violations, perhaps to ensure his victory.