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post 18 December 2014
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: has the Russian bear lost its claws?

Vladimir Putin claims Russia only has two military bases abroad. FactCheck thinks he's having an attack of amnesia.

video 18 December 2014 World, Russia

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Putin protest: 20 arrested outside news conference - video

Russian police arrest at least 20 people who came for an unsanctioned protests outside the venue where President Putin held his end-of-year news conference.

video 18 December 2014 World, Russia

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Putin seeks calm amid rouble worries - video

Russia will be back - and it will be stronger than ever, Vladimir Putin has assured his people. But he warned that it could take two years to fully recover from its current economic difficulties.

post 16 December 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Russia: a belligerent bear with its claws in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin is still riding high in the polls as the president who has defied the interfering west and resurrected Russia's glory. But for how much longer?

post 16 December 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog The Putin doctrine - unplugged

Have the Saudis and the United States conspired to collapse the price of oil - and in the process the Russian rouble?

article 16 December 2014 UK, Russia
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Should we be concerned that Russia is imploding?

The Russian rouble plunges further as it hits new lows, despite an emergency hike in interest rates to 17 per cent. As Russia's economy appears to be heading for free-fall, should we care?

video 10 December 2014 World, Ukraine

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Why are Chechen fighters on the Ukraine border? - video

Chanting "Allahu Akbar", dozens of armed pro-Russian separatists from the Chechen "death battalion" train in self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine.

video 08 December 2014 World, Russia

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Kasparov: aggressive foreign policy works for Putin - video

Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players in history, says Vladimir Putin is far more dangerous than Islamic State militants because he has nuclear weapons.

article 05 December 2014 World, Greece
Elgin Marbles
Contested artefacts: should Britain lose its marbles?

Part of the Elgin Marbles is unveiled at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, after a secret journey from Britain, despite calls from Greece for it to be returned.