President Vladimir Putin says Russia has achieved "a turning point” in the fight against terrorist groups in Syria thanks to the "efficiency and high quality" of its weapons.
The Kremlin says the leaked financial and legal documents known as the Panama Papers were "stolen," and defended the use of the kind of offshore firms detailed in the trove of materials.
Few remember that the mighty Eurovision Song Contest once had a communist challenger.
The acting deputy governor of Ukraine's Odesa region, Maria Gaidar, has left the post to become an adviser to Governor Mikheil Saakashvili.
Moscow authorities have detained a man from Russia's Tatarstan region on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Syria and Iraq.
Officials in Russia's Far East say a memorial honoring Russian military officers killed in Syria has been vandalized.
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The most important weapon on display at yesterday's Victory Day parade in Moscow wasn't a warplane, a battle tank, or a missile launcher. It was a human weapon. And it can be launched by Vladimir Putin alone.
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is looking into new charges that four of Russia's gold-medal winners at the Sochi Olympics used steroids.
Pro-Ukrainian hackers prepared a Victory Day surprise for Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on May 9, when the hacker groups Falcons Flame and Trinity took over nine of the militants' websites.