The arrest and expulsion of U.S. diplomat Ryan Fogle by Russian authorities reads like a Cold War-era novel. He was wearing a bright blonde wig, he had bundles of cash and instructions for how to create an untraceable email address. But where the U.S.-Russian relationship goes from here remains unknown.
Especially in Georgia, Josef Stalin's home country, the ruthless former Soviet dictator enjoys a remarkably high level of support. According to new research from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stalin is widely admired, some 60 years after his death.
Russians in western Siberia captured video of a visible meteorite that streaked across the sky, early Friday morning. The meteorite caused a shockwave strong enough to shatter glass in a wide area, causing hundreds of injuries.
The art director for the Bolshoi Ballet is being treated by doctors in Moscow after an acid attack outside of his Moscow apartment Thursday night. Some believe the attack is linked to his professional work with the theater, which hasn't been welcomed with open arms.
New diplomatic initiatives are in motion to help end the 21-month civil war in Syria. A plan first proposed last summer for a transitional government to run Syria until elections are held is being revived.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he would sign a bill banning adoption of Russian children by Americans -- retaliation for a U.S. human rights bill targeting Russians. The measure sparked protests from U.S. diplomats, and from Russian children and their adoptive U.S. parents.
Russian fourth graders will learn about one of six religions under a new program implemented in that country this school year. Under the new program, lobbied for by the Russian Orthodox Church, parents can choose from six religion or belief systems to learn about.
At the height of the Cold War, a German teen decided he'd fly his single-ending plane deep into the Soviet Union to build a metaphorical bridge between the Germans and the Soviets. He landed in Red Square — and was arrested and sentenced 25 years ago last week.
The Soviet Union and the United States came close to World War III some 50 years ago when, on Oct. 16, 1962, the United States discovered that the Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba.
The Cuban Missile Crisis has been the subject of countless books, movies and TV episodes. One of the most acclaimed shows on TV right now, Mad Men, dealt with the crisis early in its run and series creator Matthew Weiner reflects on how the crisis influenced the characters in his TV show on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the crisis.