A small group of opposition activists in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don have held a protest calling for the regular turnover of political power.
The Arbitration Court of Moscow has declined to place a freeze on gas turbines manufactured by the German firm Siemens that were transferred to the illegally annexed region of Crimea earlier this year.
Officials in Ukraine have accused Russia-backed separatists of firing on the settlement of Zaitseve, in a government-controlled part of the Donbas region.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his army has foiled Western attempts to overthrow his government thanks to assistance from allies including Russia, Iran, and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.
Police in Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, say they have arrested a suspect in an attack on LGBT activists and journalists after local lawmakers pressured authorities to investigate the incident.
Russian federal authorities in Moscow have taken over the investigation into a stabbing rampage in the city of Surgut that left seven people injured and was claimed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.
The Vatican's secretary of state is set to arrive in Moscow on August 21 for an official visit slated to include a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The mayor of the Far Eastern port of Magadan has found himself in a Twitter spat with local bloggers over his claims to have beautified the city.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia on August 23 to meet with President Vladimir Putin, the Israeli leader’s office says.
Ahead of September gubernatorial elections in more than a dozen Russian regions, critics say a legal mechanism is being used to water down the field of would-be candidates to ensure Kremlin loyalists win.
Former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov concluded his comeback on August 18, after a week of games. He came in eighth out of 10 players.
A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage in the Russian city of Surgut on August 19, wounding seven people before he was shot dead by police, investigators say.