Russian homeowners are no longer able to afford mortgage repayments - putting them at risk of losing their homes. Re-payments have increased sharply as a result of the plummeting Ruble. The payments are tied to the value of the US
Prosecutors had accused the Russian journalist of creating an "extremist" group aimed at overthrowing authorities. But the group had actually called for a referendum for increased transparency from serving officials.
The killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was the most high-profile political assassination in recent years. A court heard a former Chechen security official ordered the murder for a $270,000 (237,000 euro) bounty.
Anton Nosik, the founder of one of Russia's first online news publications, has died of a suspected heart attack. He was honored by Kremlin critics and officials alike for pioneering the internet in Russia.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for resisting arrest during a Moscow rally where hundreds were detained. Russia has rejected pressure from the EU and abroad to free all protesters.
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