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.
A Russian activist is facing a total of 10 years in prison on fraud charges. Prosecutors asked a Moscow court to convict Alexei Navalny who had already been handed a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges.
Russia has dismissed the latest sanctions imposed on it by the US over its annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin has said his country would not be intimidated or isolated over the Ukraine crisis.
Russia's economic crisis could last up to two years, President Vladimir Putin has warned during an annual press conference. The country is struggling under Western sanctions, low oil prices and a falling ruble.
In his year-end presentation to journalists in Moscow, the Russian President did not identify concrete measures for an economic recovery. He described sanctions as illegitimate.
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