Russian homeowners are no longer able to afford mortgage repayments - putting them at risk of losing their homes. Re-payments have increased sharply as a result of the plummeting Ruble. The payments are tied to the value of the US
Neighboring giants Russia and China plan to use their own currencies more often in trade deals as relations with the West decline. The Russian president indulged in pancake diplomacy with his Chinese counterpart.
Tumbling emerging market currencies, including the Russian ruble, have caused Moscow to publicly wish for the "demise" of the greenback from global finance. Lars Halter examines how realistic such a wish actually is.
The Russian government has said it will further decrease its investment in the US economy as new sanctions loom. It added that for the time being, no US company active in Russia would be shut down.
A young woman is on trial in Moscow for allegedly founding an extremist group — one of a number of teenagers Russian authorities are prosecuting. Human rights groups are concerned, reports Miodrag Soric from Moscow.
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