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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists called the claims published by BuzzFeed and attributed to a former British intelligence operative a "total fake" — and "an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations."
US President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday furiously denied explosive claims that Russian intelligence has gathered compromising personal and professional information on him, hours before he faces the media for the first time since his election win.
President Putin of Russia says he's going to simply ignore tough new US sanctions, announced Thursday by President Barack Obama in response to Russia's alleged attempts to influence the US election. However, Russian officials are concerned about the dangers of a US cyberattack.
Obama is kicking the Russians out of the Norwich House in Upper Brookville on Long Island, New York. Nearby, the Russians own a another compound known as Killenworth, a house at the height of the Cold War.
The Winter Olympics has put a spotlight on Russia's anti-LGBT laws and practices. One gay Russian decided he had seen enough when new laws were passed this summer, so he took the risky course of entering the US illegally to seek asylum.
Leading up to the March 8 holiday, some Russian environmentalists have been discouraging consumers from going too crazy with the bouquets. They say that cultivating some of those pretty flowers and transporting them way over to Russia is harmful for the environment.
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
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?