DW traveled to a tiny town in the Urals which reportedly saw seven local Russian men join a private Russian military company to fight in Syria.
Moscow says there's no evidence to suggest three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic this week were tortured. The reporters had been investigating a story about Russian mercenaries.
Russia has slowly but surely been expanding its influence in the Middle East. In the third and final part of a DW exclusive, Benas Gerdziunas looks at the Kremlin's sway on Lebanon's Levant Party.
Russia is keen to widen its influence in the Middle East. In the second of a three-part exclusive for DW, Benas Gerdziunas examines why the Kremlin is allegedly supporting the Greek Orthodox community in Lebanon.
For two weeks now, families of the Russian mercenaries killed in Syria have been waiting for their loved ones' remains to be brought back to Russia. Where are the bodies and why are relatives keeping quiet?
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