Russian cathedral project suspended after protests
President Vladimir Putin has called for compromise after an outcry over plans to build a cathedral in a park in Russia's fourth-largest city. Locals have protested, saying the building would take away rare green space.
Vladimir Putin stirs Russia-Ukraine tensions with passport offer
Just as Ukraine is set for a new leader, Russia has offered passports to millions of Ukrainians. Experts say Moscow wants to cement power over occupied areas and stop population decline — but the move is a powder keg.
Sweden grants asylum to 2 Pussy Riot activists
Two members of the Russian protest group have won an appeal on their asylum claim in Sweden. The couple said they had received death threats and feared arrest if forced to return to Moscow.
Kim Jong Un says US acted 'in bad faith' at Vietnam talks
Russia's Vladimir Putin said he was ready to brief the US on his talks with Kim Jong Un in Russia. Before leaving Vladivostok, Kim accused the US of acting "in bad faith" at the failed Vietnam summit with Donald Trump.
Russia's parliament votes to unplug internet from world
The Russian Duma has given its final approval to a bill creating a domestic internet. Lawmakers say it aims to protect Russia from cyber threats — but the law has sparked protest: Critics worry it will allow censorship.
Kaliningrad gets Moscow energy boost as Baltic states pull plug
Russia has launched a power plant to make its Kaliningrad exclave self-reliant when its EU neighbors unplug their power grid. Home to Russia's Baltic Fleet, old East Prussia is still a prime piece of real estate.
Venezuela: US resolution vetoed by Russia, China at UN Security Council
Russia blocked a US resolution on Venezuela in the UN, claiming the document was "written for regime change." In a video column for DW, Uruguay's former-President Jose Mujica urged the EU to push for talks in Venezuela.