A court in Russia's Far East said Monday that it had found signs of "violence and intolerance" in songs by two Russian metal bands and that it has asked the Justice Ministry to include the tracks on a federal list of extremist materials.
EU leaders meeting in Latvia's capital Riga last week would have paid little heed to the rundown building across the street, seemingly unpainted since Brezhnev's day, or the fading slogan daubed across its roof.
Russians' trust in banks has fallen sharply over the past year, as a currency crisis and Western sanctions shook the country's financial system, a poll by the National Agency of Financial Research (NACFIN) showed.
Russia's second-largest bank VTB made a loss of $370 million in the first quarter and reined in lending as high Central Bank interest rates choked the economy, posing risks for firms dependent on the bank for funds.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warned on Wednesday the country would face no choice but to rein in public spending over the next few years, highlighting how Russia is still in deep economic trouble even if it has dodged an immediate meltdown.