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.
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."