Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny lost the Moscow mayor's race, but he's calling for a recount -- and a runoff election. He claims that Sunday's contest was rigged.
Even though Russia isn't a member of the US-led coalition against the "Islamic State," Moscow and Washington have become de facto allies. Meanwhile, the Kremlin has accused Washington of double standards in Syria.
Thousands of demonstrators have marched through the Russian capital of Moscow to protest Russia's reported participation in the Ukraine conflict. Fighting in Donetsk has died down following heavy overnight gunfire.
For the first time in six months, opposition activists in Russia have called on people to join peace marches against Moscow's Ukraine policies and its propaganda machine. But there is little appetite for protest.
Comments from both Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Russian President Putin seem to indicate the two sides of the east Ukraine conflict are coming to an agreement. The details and timeline, however, remain unclear.
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