Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the Crimean penninsula. He accused the west of crossing a line by interfering in Ukraine.
Officials in Russia's Primorsky region said they found voting irregularities in favor of the Kremlin-backed candidate. Andrei Tarasenko mounted an improbable comeback by winning all of the last 20,000 ballots counted.
The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute was established in Berlin two years ago by former chief of Russian Railways and Putin supporter Vladimir Yakunin. DW takes a look at what exactly the think tank does.
Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban are to meet on Tuesday. They both are nationalistic strongmen with a dislike for western liberalism. But the ties between the two are both deeper and more complicated.
The German chancellor has said lifting EU sanctions on Russia is off the table until a "real ceasefire" is achieved in Ukraine. The bloc introduced the measures after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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