The protests are the second mass action since March 26 called by Alexei Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign.
US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn discussed the issue of US sanctions with Russia's ambassador weeks before Donald Trump was sworn in as president. The talks took place just as then-President Barack Obama was ordering new actions against Russia over its alleged interference in the US election.
Top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty on Wednesday of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence that threatens to end his bid to challenge President Vladimir Putin in a presidential poll next year.
Russian intelligence has always tried to gather compromising information, or "kompromat," on prominent figures at home and abroad. It's also known that they try to use this as influence to help Moscow's interests.
Perhaps 1 million Ukrainians have settled in Russia since the conflict in Ukraine began in 2014. President Vladimir Putin promised that Russian-speaking Ukrainians would be welcome. But it was largely an empty gesture.
A new state-sponsored movie in Russia commemorates the sacrifice of “Panfilov's 28” in the WWII battle for Moscow. Their story is as iconic for Russians as the flag-raising over Iwo Jima is for Americans. The only problem is, it's not quite true.
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.
The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.
Russia's opposition likens itself to Michael Phelps facing an extreme challenge. "If you have a champion swimmer, and you fill up the pool with acid, he won't be able to swim. But it doesn't mean he's a weak swimmer."
Gary Shteyngart was born in the former Soviet Union. He moved to the US along with his family when he was seven years-old. On New Year’s Eve 2014, he had an idea: what would it be like if he spent a week watching just Russian state TV?