Russians are participating in a seven-day vote on constitutional amendments that would enable President Vladimir Putin to stay in office until 2036 by resetting the clock on his term limits.
The Russian president’s enormous influence over the country’s destiny has forced comparisons between Putin and the former Tsars.
Mikhail Mishustin, a little-known tax chief, was nominated by the president as the new prime minister after Vladimir Putin's announcement of a sweeping constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his future plans.
President Vladimir Putin names a little-known new prime minister and proposes a constitutional shake-up as he announces sweeping changes sparking speculation about his future plans.
Despite the flawed electoral process in the Russian election, Vladimir Putin's popularity remains high. Russia has Putin in its future as far as the eye can see but that does not bode well for the country's economy, or for peace in the region.
Unlike the last time Putin faced voters, this time he faces no serious opposition movement, and has strengthened his domestic support through his actions in Ukraine and Syria.
Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, was convicted in Russia of treason in 2006 but exchanged as part of a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010.
Putin on Monday ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent to start pulling out of Syria, declaring their work largely done.
Vladimir Putin has announced his candidacy in an election opinion polls suggest is a foregone conclusion. But under Russia's current constitution, a fourth term would be his last, so the question of his successor is already being asked.
The rocket was carrying a weather satellite and other equipment took off in the Amur region near the Chinese border.
Hundreds of people have rallied against the US president's visit to attend the annual meet up of leaders from South East Asia for the last leg of his Asian tour.
Thousands of supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny held rallies across Russia. Over 200 of them were detained by police.
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