On Sunday more than 100 million Russian voters are going to the polls in presidential elections. Vladimir Putin is expected to glide to a comfortable win, extending his 18-year rule.
Poland is rarely an advocate of moves that might help Moscow. But as its farmers suffer from EU sanctions against Russia and fear incoming agribusiness, Putin's anti-sanctions coalition has garnered an unlikely ally.
Aleksander Lukashenko is in Sochi for three days of talks with Vladimir Putin. The meetings come amidst persistent rumors that Belarus could become part of a single state controlled by Russia — and even ruled by Putin.
Russia's Duma has given its initial approval for a draft law that would create a domestic internet. The stated intent is to protect Russia from external threats. But critics worry that it would facilitate censorship.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has put forward measures to bring the devastating war to a close with the help of Turkey and Iran. Despite renewed peace efforts, a political solution to the eight-year conflict remains elusive.
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