Russian opposition communist politician Sergei Levchenko has been elected as the governor of Siberia's Irkutsk region.
Russian police have detained protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were calling for an end to Russia's intervention in Ukraine and for it to stay out of the conflict in Syria.
Iraq has announced an agreement on "security and intelligence cooperation" with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
Polish officials say a claim by the Russian ambassador that Warsaw was partly to blame for World War II has damaged bilateral relations.
Eston Kohver’s defense lawyer, Mark Feigin, said the swap was “organized on the political level” and was timed to improve Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image before his appearance at the UN on September 28.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow on September 25 after graves of Soviet soldiers were vandalized in a Polish village. Poland's Foreign Ministry also condemned the act.
Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late on September 25 with the European Union, ending months of uncertainty and tough negotiations.
Ukraine and the United States condemned a decision by pro-Russian separatists to ban most foreign aid organizations from parts of rebel-held territory, saying the move violated the Minsk peace agreement.
Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine under a deal reached late on September 25 with the European Union.
By all accounts, the conversation that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have in New York is likely to be serious and substantive over issues like Syria and Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech before the UN General Assembly will be watched closely for clues to his intentions, and what he wants the rules of the new world order to be.
With legislative elections looming in Kyrgyzstan, the Russia-friendly media that dominate the country are setting the narrative. And the lead Kremlin spin doctor was in Bishkek to check on how they are doing.