Russian President Vladimir Putin helped usher in the Orthodox Christmas at services at the Church of Saints Simeon and Anna in St. Petersburg.
The Russian Supreme Court has upheld its decision to reject an appeal by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny against a decision to bar him from running in Russia's 2018 presidential election.
Two U.S. senators have called for a criminal investigation of a former British spy who authored a salacious report about Donald Trump when he was a businessman, a report known as the Steele Dossier.
Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that the government does not need the signature of pro-Russian President Igor Dodon in order to enact a law that bans so-called "media propaganda" from Russia.
A bottle of vodka stolen in Denmark – said to be worth $1.3 million -- has highlighted the outlandish spending habits of the nouveau riche in former Soviet republics.
Seven Russian bobsled and skeleton athletes have been cleared to keep racing in World Cup events after being banned for life from the Olympics over doping violations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the resumption of commercial passenger flights to the Egyptian capital, more than two years after they were halted due to security concerns.
Russian authorities say 10 people were killed after a fire tore through a shoe factory in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk.
A Russian journalist says authorities in Latvia have given her 24 hours to leave the country, accusing her of being a threat to national security.
Authorities in Russia's North Caucasus region of Chechnya say they killed a man after he allegedly shot and killed a police officer.
The Russian Defense Ministry says two of its soldiers were killed in a mortar attack by antigovernment forces in Syria on New Year's Eve.
Germany's foreign minister is calling for the establishment of an armed UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine before Russia's March presidential election.