Mikhail Khodorkovsky , the jailed former head of Yukos Oil Co., said he’s prepared to die in a Russian prison as he faces an additional six years of incarceration on oil theft charges, according to his lawyers.
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.
Vladimir Putin will face obstacles that include a growing budget deficit, continued dependence on oil exports and the potential for social discontent as he reclaims Russia’s presidency next year, according to former government officials.
Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin urged continuing dominance of his United Russia party as outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law that authorities say will make it easier for new parties to register.