Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has warned of "Islamists" in Afghanistan concentrating along the Tajik and Turkmen borders.
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on December 29 it had purchased all of its foreign partners' shares in the abandoned South Stream gas pipeline projec
The United States has sanctioned four more alleged Russian rights abusers, including two law enforcement officials linked to the case of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
From shock resignations to military offensives to crackdowns, bad news often strikes in late December while much of the world is busy ringing in the holidays. So far, Russia leads the trend.
President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law abandoning Ukraine's neutral "non-bloc" status, and said Ukrainians will decide whether the country should seek NATO membership once it meets the standards of the Western military alliance.
A Russian court says it will issue its verdict in a fraud case against opposition politician Aleksei Navalny on December 30, bringing the date forward from January 15.
Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that the Islamic State (IS) militant group and Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, are terrorist groups and banned them in Russia.
The family of prominent Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov says he has been detained by security officials who also raided his home in the city Russian city of Chally.
Russia is drafting a framework agreement that would govern supplies of weapons to Afghanistan.
In 2014, Russian propaganda outlets ramped up beyond Russia's borders. If the Kremlin's aim at home is to convince a captive audience, the goal abroad may be to confuse.
Russia's government has announced the country's economy contracted last month, the first such contraction since October 2009.
The food quality control agency on Russia's eastern Sakhalin Island is warning residents to be on the watch for "dangerous chicken meat" produced in the United States that might end up for sale in local stores.