Authorities in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia say a former interior minister, Almasbei Kchach, shot himself after being accused of masterminding an assassination attempt on the region's leader.
In the aftermath of opposition victories in Tolyatti, Chernogolovka, and Yaroslavl -- and with key races looming this summer in Omsk and Krasnoyarsk -- the Kremlin is casting about for a new strategy.
Russia's outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged government funding for a new public television network free from government control.
The mystery first guest on the new television talk show hosted by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called Russia his country's only strategic partner but said Moscow should "respect" Tajikistan.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian government will be responsible for making sure UN observers are allowed freedom of movement to monitor the country's shaky cease-fire.
Russia and China were among the few nations to increase military spending last year amid the global financial crisis.
Two Russian and two Kazakh nationals detained in Iran earlier this month have been freed.
The Chechen Republic in Russia's restive North Caucasus region is marking a Day of Peace, commemorating the third anniversary of the officially announced end of counterterrorist operations in the volatile republic.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's interview show airs on Kremlin-controlled RT on April 17 and the station has promised that the guest will be so controversial it will lead to calls to shut it down.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko has called for the United States and NATO to change their position on a missile-defense system planned for Europe.
A series of bomb blasts in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have killed a militant and the wife of a local security officer, and left others wounded.