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.
Kiev says the leaders of Ukraine and Russia are to meet next week in Italy and will discuss eastern Ukraine's fragile ceasefire and gas supplies for winter. In eastern Ukraine a no-shooting period had been agreed.
Latvia is holding parliamentary elections that are likely to see its center-right coalition returned to power. However, many Latvians fear a strong showing by a party supported by Russophones in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reassured sanctions-hit companies with promises of state support to counter funding problems. 'Unwarranted' Western bans will not keep the national economy from growing, he said.
The delicate truce between Kyiv and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine was broken again on Sunday. New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is optimistic that the situation can be resolved.
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