Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that two Al-Qaeda-linked brothers thought to have carried out last week's terrorist massacre in Paris had trained and fought along the Islamic militants in Syria.
Russia's famed mezzo-soprano Yelena Obraztsova, who performed opera worldwide, has died at the age of 75.
An ethnic Russian Kazakh citizen charged with inciting ethnic hatred over derogatory references to Kazakhs and calls for the country to become part of Russia has pleaded not guilty.
The Turkmen authorities' decision to move the date for commemorating an infamous massacre has raised eyebrows in the country, with many believing it has been done to appease the Kremlin.
Investigators in Armenia say a Russian soldier is suspected of killing six members of a family in Gyumri, a city that hosts a Russian military base.
Pro-Ukrainian activists plan to protest U.S. performances of world-renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and opera singer Anna Netrebko in response to their positions on the Ukraine crisis.
Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev, puts a modern spin on the Book of Job through the story of a man who struggles against a corrupt mayor.
The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France have failed to agree on terms for a summit later this week aimed at defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that a four-way summit on the Ukraine crisis will not be held until progress has been made on the Minsk peace plan.
Russian news agencies quoted Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as saying that Moscow had "every reason" to demand repayment, as Ukraine's public debt has exceeded 60 percent of gross domestic product, violating the terms of the bond issue.
The international ratings agency Fitch Ratings has cut Russia's credit rating to the lowest investment grade after plummeting oil prices and the Ukraine conflict triggered the worst currency crisis since 1998.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the Ukraine crisis could lead to a major military conflict between Russia and the West and criticized economic sanctions against Moscow.