Gerard Depardieu, the French actor just awarded Russian citizenship, praised his “special relationship” with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov as he started filming a movie in the mainly Muslim Russian region.
Russia’s central bank is holding back from easing monetary policy to counter a deepening economic slowdown as weak institutions remain a major drag on growth, according to First Deputy Chairman Alexey Ulyukayev.
Russia’s security forces thwarted a planned terror attack in Moscow by striking against a group of three suspected militants near the country’s capital, according to the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.
The Levada Center, a Russian independent pollster, may be forced to close after prosecutors said it may be violating President Vladimir Putin’s law on foreign agents, said Lev Gudkov, head of the researcher.
Russia’s economy grew at the weakest pace since 2009 in the first quarter as the euro area’s longest recession hurt demand for commodity exports and investment at companies including OAO Gazprom cooled.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s changing attitude toward two giant government-led high-tech projects sends a troubling message about his third term in office: Maintaining power is more important than modernizing the economy.