Crimea Government Moves Swiftly to Join Russia

Residents of Crimea remained divided Monday about the outcome of a weekend referendum in which voters chose overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine and join Russia, even as government agencies in the regional capital quickly moved to re-register themselves as organs of an independent state that will soon become subject to the authority of the Kremlin.

Court Orders Russia to Pay Yukos Shareholders $50 Billion

After almost a decade of consideration, The Hague's arbitration court announced Monday that Russia must pay out $50 billion in damages to the shareholders of the defunct oil giant Yukos.

How Ukraine Stopped Being Pro-Russian

Exactly one year ago, President Vladimir Putin went to Ukraine for an official two-day visit to celebrate the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, an occasion that, according to Putin, reminded Russia and Ukraine of their "spiritual unity and common roots."

Lavrov: Russia Will Not Respond in Kind to Western Sanctions

Russia will not impose tit-for-tat measures or "fall into hysterics" over Western economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, trying to stake out the high ground amid growing tensions with the West.

Russian Watchdog Opens Investigation Into McDonald's Cheese

After accusations that McDonald's was misleading customers about the nutritional value of its products, Russia's food safety watchdog said Monday it had opened an investigation into the cheese used by the chain.

Pussy Riot Wants a 250K Payout From Russia

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are seeking damages in the amount of 250,000 euros ($336,000) in their case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights, Vedomosti reported Monday.

Putin Congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr Holiday

President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Muslims across Russia on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Magadan Flooding Photos Show Damage As Well As Resilience

While most images posted online of the Magadan floods show the extent of the damage, some are also quite bizarre and one video also gives an unfazed resident his moment of fame.

Russian Airlines Cancel All Flights to Israel

Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero canceled all flights to Israel on Wednesday, a day after a rocket fell about a mile away from Tel Aviv's international airport.

Ukraine to Conscript Military Reserves to Fight Separatists in Country's East

Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia.

Ten Photos That Will Help You Stay Cool in the Moscow Heat

With jobs to do and people to meet, not everybody can afford to flee to a dacha in the shade.