Follow President Vladimir Putin's annual December live press conference in Moscow.
Russia's ruble lost more ground against the dollar on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference.
Shares in Russian business conglomerate Sistema surged around 35 percent in early trading on Thursday after the company's chairman was freed from house arrest after the market closed on Wednesday.
Security officials in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria have declared a counter-terrorism regime after gunfire battles erupted between militants and government forces on Thursday morning, a news report said.
A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the ruble.
Arts & Ideas
Russia and Abroad
Itĺs a challenging time for German and Russian businesses, especially smaller and mid-sized companies. Some had recently localized production in Russia, making long-term commitments to the country. Large investment funds had been looking for prospects in the real estate market. Now some of these investors have put their plans on hold.
The Austrian season of culture, which took place in Russia in 2013 and 2014, gave artists from both countries an unprecedented opportunity for creative exchange and joint projects. The cooperation of institutes and artists from all areas of culture expanded far beyond the framework of particular events.
Moscow Times Guides
The 'CEO of the Year Russia 2014' awards come at just the right time. They celebrate the achievements of the best CEOs. They are a lesson in the possible, a benchmark to aspire to and something to be proud of.
If you are like most travelers, probably the only time you stayed at an airport hotel was when a flight was delayed or cancelled Ś and the hotel was the sad end of a miserable day. First you and several thousand other stranded souls milled about the airport, hoping for good news.