Vladimir Putin shaped Russia significantly as its president. Under his leadership, the former superpower regained its old strength and made unexpected economic strides.
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Organizations representing ethnic Germans from Russia have written an open letter demanding that they not be labeled as xenophobic Putin sympathizers. DW spoke with one of the signatories.
Russia is commemorating Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, with an imposing statue in Moscow. It's a powerfully symbolic tribute and an expression of how Russia sees itself in today's world.
Russia's military has dismissed claims that a helicopter fired on civilians at the Zapad drills taking place near St. Petersburg, agency reports say. Video footage appeared to show the chopper shooting at bystanders.
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