Economic hardships and a rising retirement age are helping shape how Russians see Stalin, one of the Soviet Union’s most brutal leaders.
The bunker complex built in 1942 was an alternative headquarters of the Armed Forces, led by the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin.
Yuri Dmitriev's real crime, according to activists, was dedicating himself to documenting Stalin's 1937-38 Great Terror and discovering a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the period.
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.
Russian authorities scheduled the election for March 18 to mark the four-year anniversary since President Vladmir Putin signed an annexation treaty with representatives from Crimea.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny asked supporters to boycott the upcoming election as the court decision allows Vladimir Putin an easy victory.
Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, who were imprisoned for their opposition and criticism of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, were flown to Turkey.
Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya orders suspension of Crimean Tatar Assembly amid crackdown on ethnic minority
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