Millions of Russians work off the books. Known as "Garazhniki," they make furniture, fix cars and do odd jobs. Now, President Putin hopes to legalize them and collect taxes. But many think they'll resist.
With two elections next year, Ukraine is facing upheaval on the domestic front. Russia, meanwhile, is shaking up its foreign policy, particularly with the United States, after withdrawing from the INF treaty.
Critics have sounded the alarm ahead of a pivotal vote on the new president of Interpol on Wednesday. Russia's candidate is favorite to take the reins of the global policing organization.
Vladimir Putin had previously sought to distance himself from pension reform that has caused outrage in Russia. Now he has taken ownership of the unpopular reform and told Russians there is no other choice.
Bill Browder has spent nine years campaigning to punish Russian officials responsible for killing his friend Sergei Magnitsky. He hopes Moscow's increased aggression will convince Europe it's time to act.
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