November 3, 2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen wincing shortly after piloting a hang glider on national TV. The Kremlin is downplaying reports that he's suffering from back pain. The 60-year-old leader has cultivated a macho image by riding a horse bare-chested in Siberia and diving to an archaeological site in the Black Sea.
November 1, 2012 The current law says treason is spying or helping a foreign state to harm Russia's national security. The new definition would include consulting for or advising foreign countries or organizations. Opponents say the language is so vague that it could potentially be used to punish anyone who has contacts with foreigners.
October 18, 2012 Radio Liberty, the U.S.-funded broadcaster, began sending American views into the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. It's being forced to shut down its AM radio station in Moscow, but plans to operate under the same name as an online service and on shortwave radio.
October 3, 2012 The company allegedly shipped $50 million dollars worth of micro-electronic parts to Russia under false pretenses.
October 2, 2012 Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic, clearing the way for the opposition Georgian Dream party to form a new government. The country's new ruling party says it will continue a pro-Western stance but also seek to restore ties with Russia.
September 2, 2012 The Battle of Borodino took place during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. It was the single bloodiest day of the Napoleonic Wars, and it's remembered by Russians as a symbol of national courage. Each year, on the first Sunday of September, the battle is re-enacted by thousands of people.