Many Russians with German roots saw the end of the Soviet Union as a chance at a new beginning in Germany. Some have since become disenchanted with life in Germany and now see the Russian annexation of the Crimea as an opportunity to return.
Ukraine says that German dance band Scooter broke the law when it performed in Russian-annexed Crimea. But is the concert one of many signs that Western Europe is accepting the status quo in the area?
Germany's Social Democrats are dismayed at former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's nomination to the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The party's secretary-general, however, is taking the bull by the horns.
On the afternoon of August 1, Varsovians stop to remember the city's 1944 uprising against its Nazi occupiers. The failed insurrection was either tragic folly or a symbol of an indefatigable spirit.
A friend of the Russian president, former German Chancellor Schröder has been working for the Russian energy industry since he lost to Chancellor Merkel in 2005. Rosneft has been hit by Western sanctions.
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