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.
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.