Many Russians -- including top officials -- are having trouble distinguishing between the hyperpatriotic fantasies the regime has been constructing and reality.
Russia's Constitutional Court has upheld the legality of early parliamentary elections, clearing the way for lawmakers to vote on bringing forward next year's State Duma elections by three months.
Russia says a request to look into the legality of the three Baltic countries' independence from the Soviet Union has “no legal prospects.”
Russia is set to boycott a session of the OSCE's Parliamentary Assembly in Helsinki next week after Finland said it would block Russian State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin and five other Russian delegates from attending.
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Russia has slammed a draft United Nations resolution on the Srebrenica genocide as divisive and said it would present its own measure to mark 20 years since the massacre.
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on July 1 it was halting all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kyiv announced the immediate suspension of Russian gas purchases a day earlier.
Russia's prosecutor-general is reviewing the legality of a decision in 1991 granting three Baltic countries independence from the Soviet Union, a spokesman said on June 30.
Russia has expressed disappointment over new sanctions imposed by Canada and warned that it would respond.
Russian investigators say they are reopening a criminal investigation into the 1998 murder of a Siberian mayor, and that they consider self-exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a prime suspect.
Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia's controversial chief propagandist, has shocked viewers during a weekly news round-up by coming out in favor of same-sex civil unions.