Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
Massive noxious garbage dumps piling up around Moscow have sparked citizen protests. And those protests are turning into criticism of the political system, which could threaten the Putin regime.
Russian politics depends on a competition between different power networks. And hardline nationalists are winning at the expense of reformers.
Russian domestic policy helps explain why women are happy to buy into new feminine ideals.
Speaking with: satirist Armando Ianucci on The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci, the satirist and director behind the film The Death of Stalin spoke with Associate Professor Stephen Harrington, an expert on political satire.
Vladimir Putin is leagues ahead of the rest in opinion polls. But he's more worried about turnout.
Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.
Stepping back from the current crisis in US-Russia relations, a Soviet expert asks: what's in store for Russia in the long term, and is a peaceful transition possible when Putin's gig is up?
As far as Moscow's concerned, the stakes in Libya are low and the potential returns very high.
Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.