Competitive ice fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who catches the elusive "Christmas fish" this year?
A timeless ritual in Moscow that is broadcast across the nation: The annual press conference of the Russian president. The spectacle says as much about Russian journalists as it does about Putin, Miodrag Soric says.
Set to become Europe's youngest political leader, Sebastian Kurz has predicted a new government will be formed before Christmas. He said the far-right FPÖ has ensured the government will have a "pro-European" stance.
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn is cooperating with investigators and has admitted to lying to the FBI. Prosecutors said a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team directed him to contact Russia.
Following an arson attack on a movie theater in Yekaterinburg, protests over a controversial film could turn violent. Some fear the rise of "orthodox extremism," but the Russian government appears unconcerned.
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