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Russian President Vladimir Putin has frequently portrayed himself as a stalwart leader fighting against Western efforts to weaken Russia and subordinate it to the will of the United States.

Film Portrays Putin As Protector Against Terror, The West

Russian state TV is showing a new film in which President Vladimir Putin portrays himself as having protected the country, in his early years in power, against terrorists he suggests had Western support. More

Ukraine Serviceman Killed, Kyiv Claims Truce Violations

The Ukrainian military said on April 26 that one servicemen was killed and seven wounded in attacks by Russian-backed separatist forces in the previous 24 hours. More

The New York Times says Russian hackers read President Barack Obama's e-mail, but no classified networks were compromised.

Russian Hackers Read Obama E-Mail

The New York Times reports that Russian hackers who tapped into the White House computer system last year were able to read President Barack Obama's unclassified e-mail. More

Russian Bikers Start Ride To Berlin

Riders from a Russian nationalist motorcycle group on April 25 began a ride toward Berlin to commemorate the Soviet Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Warsaw’s announcement that it would refuse to let them into Poland. More

Ukrainian Soldier Killed Near Mariupol

One Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and two wounded in shelling by pro-Russian separatists near the port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. More

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Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

LIVE Following developments in the Ukraine crisis as they happen. More

Federal Investigators Take Over Probe Into Police Operation In Grozny

Federal Investigative Committee Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin has intervened in the public dispute between Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and the federal Interior Ministry over the special operation in Grozny in which a Chechen man was shot dead. More
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'Cutthroats And Bandits': Volunteer's Stint With Ukraine Rebels Turns To Nightmare

A Russian businessman who spent six months alongside insurgents in eastern Ukraine returns with tales of looting, drinking, and murder.

Russian Wildfire Relief Takes Backseat To Donbas Aid Convoys

As wildfires burn, leaving thousands homeless in Russia's Khakasia region in Siberia, activists say they are having difficulty getting donated aid to victims.

Cinderella For A Night: Russia's Singing Babushka Meets French Idol Aznavour

A 73-year-old Moscow pensioner made headlines last month when a local journalist filmed her singing the songs of her favorite French singers, including Charles Aznavour. On April 22, Babushka Lida, got to meet the crooner.

Russian Government Unveils New 'Eurasian' Corruption-Monitoring Index

Russia's rating in Transparency International's annual Corruption Perceptions Index has fallen steadily since the mid-1990s. Now researchers at a governmental institute have decided the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union needs its own corruption-monitoring tool.

Explainer: The EU's Antitrust Case Against Russia's Gazprom

With the European Union announcing antitrust charges against Russian state-owned energy behemoth Gazprom, here are four things to know about the case.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.

Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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