The Russian president is presenting himself on the world stage as the father of conservative values, an ideal that doesn’t just appeal to his electorate but perhaps other world powers, too.
President Putin's reaction came shortly after the Russian Parliament unanimously backed a resolution urging the government to draw up sanctions on Georgia.
While this year marks the 155th anniversary of the Circassian genocide, there is a vibrant and growing cultural movement in historical Circassia and the diaspora.
Experts think that the excesses of globalisation have created an identity crisis across the world, facilitating the rise of nationalist movements.
Russia's defence ministry said at least 14 sailors were killed by toxic fumes from the blaze on a naval research submersible but did not specify how many crew members were aboard.
Russia's Emergency Ministry's regional branch initially said that 17 people were missing, but later announced that four of them were found and rescued. The search for the remaining 13 is ongoing.
In a victory for the country’s tough talk and the withholding of annual contributions, Russia has been voted back into PACE, despite strong protests from some members.
An Ilyushin 62 jet with tail number RA-86496 was parked at Maiquetia International Airport, according to a witness.
Police and hundreds of demonstrators faced off in central Moscow at an unauthorised march against police abuse in the wake of the high-profile detention of Russian journalist Ivan Golunov.
Ivan Golunov was arrested by police on drug offences, which he flatly denied, provoking massive outrage and forcing authorities to drop charges and probe police officers instead.
Rune Andersen, head of the doping task force for the International Association of Athletics Federations, recommends the Federations uphold ban on Russian athletes, first imposed in 2015 over mass state-sponsored doping.
Police say a Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov who was detained this week for alleged drug offences had been taken to hospital, Russian news agencies report.
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