Thousands of Russian opposition activists rallied in downtown Moscow on the anniversary of a protest that turned violent last year, calling on authorities to release people held for allegedly organizing that event.
The U.S. and European Union should be “more principled” in dealing with Russia and not fall for President Dmitry Medvedev ’s talk of modernization, said Mikhail Kasyanov , who served as prime minister during Vladimir Putin ’s presidency.
Mikhail Kasyanov , a former Russian prime minister who served under then President Vladimir Putin , plans to create an opposition political party to challenge the dominance of Putin’s United Russia party in parliamentary elections next year.
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov plans to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency in March elections after the biggest anti-government demonstrations in a decade emboldened Russia’s opposition.
Fifty years after the Soviet Union put the first man into orbit, Russia's space program is facing new troubles. Last Wednesday, the routine launch of a Progress M-12M cargo ship headed for the International Space Station went terribly wrong.