In Moscow, you can pay rent, purchase tickets, or check up on your kids at school with the state-sponsored app ‘Gosuslugi’. It’s convenient for users, and useful for the government – because it tells authorities exactly what citizens are doing.
The chancellor told her Russian counterpart that measures needed to be taken to ensure "smooth passage" through the Kerch Strait. But stopping conflict in the Sea of Azov wasn't the only thing the two leaders discussed.
Venezuela's economy is in a downward spiral, and the country owes Russia billions. Caracas may seem like an unequal partner for Moscow at first glance, but an increasingly isolated Russia is keeping its friends close.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if the US quits the treaty and begins building mid-range nuclear missiles, Russia would do the same. The Kremlin dismissed US claims that Russia is violating the INF treaty.
Russia's government is celebrating the 100th birthday of Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, while at the same time persecuting the opposition. The Kremlin's actions speak louder than its words, says Miodrag Soric.
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