Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny lost the Moscow mayor's race, but he's calling for a recount -- and a runoff election. He claims that Sunday's contest was rigged.
NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has said Russia's President Vladmir Putin was engaging in destabilizing and provocative activities. Moscow has announced it would add dozens more missiles to its nuclear Arsenal.
Russian President Putin has said that Moscow will "defend" its interests after Belgium and France froze Russian assets. The move comes after a court awarded claimants a record $50 billion over defunct oil company Yukos.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been spared a prison term, after a Moscow court ruled against turning his suspended sentence into jail time.
Moscow has extended a ban on Western food imports for a year days after the EU prolonged until January its sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine's civil war. Officials say they are considering more curbs on the West.