Every year on May 9, Russia celebrates Victory Day commemorating Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II. The ceremony involves a display of military might on Red Square.
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.
For days, a wave of anonymous hoax bomb threats has been sweeping through cities across Russia. The telephone calls have led to the evacuation of tens of thousands. But the reason for the threats remains a mystery.
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.
Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer dubbed "the man who saved the world," has died. His split-second decision in 1983 averted unintended nuclear war.
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