German luxury carmaker Daimler-Benz has opened its first production site in Russia. President Vladimir Putin and German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier were on hand to help. This despite economic sanctions on the country for its actions in Ukraine.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and President Vladimir Putin met at the new plant near Moscow where Mercedes-Benz cars are to be made. Chancellor Merkel's office stressed it was not a return to business as usual.
President Vladimir Putin has called for compromise after an outcry over plans to build a cathedral in a park in Russia's fourth-largest city. Locals have protested, saying the building would take away rare green space.
Flight recorders from a plane that caught fire during an emergency landing at a Moscow airport have been retrieved. At least 41 people were killed, with officials probing whether equipment or human error were to blame.
Just as Ukraine is set for a new leader, Russia has offered passports to millions of Ukrainians. Experts say Moscow wants to cement power over occupied areas and stop population decline — but the move is a powder keg.
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