A group linked to the Russian Orthodox Church says it has created a center for the study of Russophobia.
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic says it will begin issuing passports to residents of areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Twenty-six workers at Russia's newest spaceport in the Far East have begun a hunger strike to demand overdue salaries.
Investigators in Moscow have charged a former Supreme Court official and three others with fraud for allegedly stealing more than 300 million rubles ($5.25 million) earmarked for courtroom interpreters.
The ties between the Russian state and organized crime have changed over time. But they still exist.
Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, who has been on hunger strike to protest being held in a Russian jail, has reportedly resumed eating small amounts of food.
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The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) says it has detained an alleged mercenary suspected of having fought on the side of pro-Russian separatists in the country's east.
A granddaughter of a Soviet World War II hero, General Ivan Panfilov, has been beaten by unknown attackers in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has described the situation in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March 2014, as "unacceptable."
Senior diplomats of the Russian-dominated Commonwealth of Independent states have gathered in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to discuss ways to increase cooperation.