Large explosions rock an ammunition depot in Russia’s Samara Region, where over 13 million shells are stored. Over 500 firefighters are combatting the blaze triggered by blasts, while dozens of residents in nearby communities have sought medical help.
The Russian Lower House has passed a bill introducing tougher punishment for using firearms outside gun ranges, apparently targeting the practice of some ethnic groups who celebrate important events by shooting guns in the air.
Gazprom's plans to construct a new $226 million headquarters in St Petersburg have been scuppered by a local court. The Kommersant daily says a judge has upheld local objections the site had cultural significance and could not be built on.
We don’t know what will come out of Geneva II, the US and Russian backed conference for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. But it is forcing rhetorical and diplomatic conversions upon those taking the road to Damascus.