How does Generation Putin see its president? He has tailored Russia's political system to his power needs. Opinion among the country's youth is divided: for some Putin represents security, for others the demise of democracy.
Alexi Navalny has been freed from prison after serving a 30-day sentence for staging illegal protests. His release coincides with the opening of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Five local lawmakers have been sentenced for election fraud in western Germany. Among them is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn criticism for his trips to Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin has rebuffed the G7 summit criticism as "creative babbling" and said his country would be happy to be readmitted to the bloc. Putin also hinted at a possible meeting with President Donald Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed desire to repair ties with the European Union, insisting he does not want to divide the 28-nation bloc. Putin travels to Austria in a first EU trip since his re-election.
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