Officially, Russia has no soldiers in Ukraine. But it does have volunteers -- hundreds of men and women eager to take up arms in defense of "Novorossia." And the Kremlin's got no problem with that.
The Russian State Duma appears to be taking aim at Germany, once Moscow's closest ally in Europe.
A lawyer for a Russian woman accused of treason for allegedly reporting to the Ukrainian Embassy about possible Russian troop movements says his client has been released from a Moscow prison.
The date has been set for hearings into an appeal by Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his brother against their convictions in a theft case.
A lawyer for Nadia Savchenko says the captured Ukrainian Air Force pilot is "dying slowly" in a Russian prison after 50 days on a hunger strike.
A news report says a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of a single family in Armenia last month will be tried at Russia's military base in Armenia.
A Russian official says the government is considering introducing price controls on some staple foods.
Russian citizens will need passports to enter Ukraine as of March 1, a change that reflects severe tension between the neighbors amid an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in Ashgabat.
A senior UN official says the death toll in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 5,358 and urged all sides to halt a potentially "catastrophic" escalation in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists.
A Moscow court has postponed until February 12 a hearing on opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's challenge against a ruling blocking access to his blog site in Russia.
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