Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has dissolved the largest state-owned news agency RIA Novosti and ordered an international information agency called Rossiya Segodnya (which translates as ‘Russia Today’) to be set up in its place.
The members of the Pussy Riot punk band, Greenpeace activists and protesters jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration will be freed in an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Russian media report.
In the midst of massive global inequality and economic austerity, Pope Francis’ embrace of frugality has fundamentally changed the Vatican’s narrative and breathed new life into the religious institution.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that riots in Kiev have no direct relation to Ukraine and the EU deal, but rather it's an attempt by the opposition to undermine the country's legitimate government.
With Sochi Games around the corner, the construction is complete at the Mountain Carousel ski resort, which will become one of the key venues in the Alpine skiing program at the 2014 Winter Olympics in February.
Hopes were high for warmer relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches as President Vladimir Putin flew Monday to Rome for his first audience with Pope Francis. Topping the agenda is likely help for Christians in the Middle East.
The nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the P5+1 group is a win-win situation for everyone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that it only became possible after Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, came to power.
Quick-fire quips at the Russian president’s meeting with the Turkish PM as Putin hinted at NSA capabilities to tap any phone call, even those made by the Ukrainian leader – he also explained why Erdogan couldn’t take away an Arctic 30 activist with him.
Kiev’s decision to shelve the EU deal sparked protests and accusations that it was political. But looking at the details of the deal and the state of Ukraine’s economy, it’s clear that Kiev had pragmatic reasons not to rush into the EU trade zone.