Russians are mourning the loss of movie director Eldar Ryazanov. His movies were icons of satire in the former Soviet Union, making him hugely popular. One modern Moscow-based writer, Natalia Antonova, describes what Ryazanov meant to her.
The presidents of France and Russia met in Moscow Thursday to discuss cooperation against ISIS. Both nations have suffered at the hands of the terrorists this month. But a grand alliance is easier to talk about than achieve.
Ukrainians don't know what comes next for their country, but they do know that the game is up for Viktor Yanukovych. The fugitive former president is now facing charges of committing "mass murder." And blunders, selfishness, and bad choices marked his entire presidency.
Teodor Currentzis is recording Mozart's Da Ponte operas in grueling sessions in Perm, a Russian town better know for prison gulags that soaring oratorios. It's part of his rejection — if not hatred — of the norms of the classic music scene.
The US says Russia is stepping up its military presence in Syria. The Russians appear to be building an air force base that could lend direct assistance to the regime of embattled president Bashar al-Assad. Other reports speak of troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers on the ground. What is actually going on? And why?
The Olympics — packaged to perfection by Russian President Vladimir Putin and television— is giving us a glossy makeover of a country that few people really understand. The World's Andrew Sussman, a former Moscow correspondent, says it's hard to find the real Russia.
Pro-Russian militants appear to be consolidating their control over towns and cities across the Ukrainian province of Donetsk. Threats of Ukrainian military action failed to materialize. Ukraine says Russia is behind the unrest, and says Moscow has sent in troops without insignia, just as they did in Crimea last month.