U.S. officials say foreign powers are pulling back from their dealings with the U.S. government since hundreds of classified diplomatic cables were published on the WikiLeaks website.
Several activists have been detained in an elite Moscow district while protesting the construction of a new hotel.
The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office has launched a criminal case against a Novgorod City Duma deputy for extortion.
At least 1,000 residents in the southwestern Russian town of Engels have protested the arrest of the municipal district head.
Moscow police have detained seven protesters who were demanding help against organized criminals in their village.
Dozens of families in a southern Kyrgyz village who lost their homes during ethnic violence this summer are still homeless as severe winter weather hit the region.
Russia could join the World Trade Organization as soon as next year after European Union leaders dropped their objection to Russia's entry bid at a summit meeting in Brussels.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says U.S. diplomatic cables revealed by the WikiLeaks website have changed the way Warsaw perceives its relationship with Washington.
Kyrgyz authorities say ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev's brother, Akmat, will go on trial next week in connection with ethnic clashes in the country earlier this year.
At least 22 workers have quit a plywood plant in the southwestern Belarusian town of Pinsk since a double explosion in the plant's workshop killed 14 workers in October.
The explosion near the old imperial capital of St. Petersburg blew away parts of Lenin's windswept pewter coattails and shattered windows of nearby apartments. There were no injuries.
Authorities in eastern Ukraine have launched a criminal investigation into a large-scale outbreak of food poisoning at the Kharkiv Air Force University.