As the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach, controversy over Russia's treatment of homosexuals threatens to overshadow the Games. The IOC has expressed its concern over a vague new law against "gay propaganda."
Voting has opened in Russia's Far East for a presidential election expected to deliver a fourth term to Vladimir Putin. What's less certain is whether the turnout will be high enough to secure a clear mandate.
The Kremlin has put its faith in one particular group of voters for Russia's presidential election: women. Will a large turnout by female voters propel President Vladimir Putin to an overwhelming victory?
President Vladimir Putin has cultivated his image as the force that guided Russia through the fallout of the collapse of the Soviet Union. That’s left many voters with little choice in the upcoming election.
Russian foreign policy has hardened under President Vladimir Putin. Although Russia is looking for cooperation, it is not afraid of confrontation, which has often led to difficult foreign relations. DW has the lowdown.
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