Eyewitnesses who were at the St. Petersburg subway when the explosion went off recount what happened.
The Venta Maersk will test the passage through Russian waters, which is significantly shorter than the way south through the Suez Canal. Climate change has warmed the Arctic waters, allowing ships to pass more easily.
New details have emerged in the case of Kremlin critic Pyotr Verzilov, now in intensive care in Berlin. A Russian newspaper says he was to receive highly sensitive documents on the day he was allegedly poisoned.
Protests over changes to the pension age in Russia have overshadowed elections for local and regional seats. The pension age would rise to 65 for men — an age 42 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach.
Without much real competition, Russians are set to elect governors and mayors, as well as regional and local representatives, on Sunday. But with protests planned across the country, experts say there could be surprises.
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