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.
Russian opposition leaders from the Party of Progress and RPR-Parnas have decided to run on a joint platform for the 2016 parliamentary elections. They hope to consolidate voters unhappy with Putin into one bloc.
French President Francois Hollande has said his country would reimburse Russia for a failure to deliver the "Mistral" warship. Paris suspended the Mistral delivery last year because of the Ukraine conflict.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of providing support to militants in Russia's North Caucasus region. Putin declared his suspicions in a documentary to mark 15 years since he first became president.
Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin have spoken on the sidelines of memorial services in Armenia, discussing the fragile truce in Ukraine and a suspended French warship delivery for Moscow's military.