Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech in Moscow on Thursday. Putin said that Wednesday's explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg was a terrorist attack.
Anthony Scaramucci, whose tenure at the White House was short but attention-getting, made a splash in the first round of voting in the NPR Top Political Story of the Year Bracket.
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a meeting with his supporters in Moscow on Sunday. Navalny, seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a fighting chance of challenging strongman Vladimir Putin, was seeking to get his name on the ballot for a March vote, but on Monday an election commission voted to bar him from the election.
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Luger Albert Demchenko is one of 11 Russian athletes whom the International Olympic Committee banned for life on Friday. He will be stripped of the two silver medals he won at the 2014 Sochi Games.
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The proposed logo for Russian athletes who are permitted to compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and other rules, are sure to create a stir at the Olympics, an event that's heavy on both symbolism and patriotism.
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A sign warns people not to enter the town of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which houses the Mayak nuclear facility. In 1957, the nuclear reprocessing plant was the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents.
With the Russian Olympic Committee suspended by the games' governing body, Russian athletes must compete under a neutral flag if they want to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that Russia's athletes "will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag" at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The core of the RBT-3 reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. Some scientists suspect the institute's work on medical isotopes might explain radioactivity detected over Europe.
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President Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as they pose for a group photo ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit leaders gala dinner in Vietnam last week.
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