Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir, this week as Moscow continues its overtures to Riyadh over oil prices and Syria.
Russia continues destroying banned food on the border as Communist lawmakers submit legislation calling for it to be given to the poor.
On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss these stories with Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.
Also on The Briefing, Pavel and I take a look at why August tends to be such an eventful month in Russia.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.