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  • Putin persona dominates elections

    In a campaign devoid of much opposition, Russian political parties are vying for support by touting their association with the country’s popular president, Vladimir Putin.

  • Putin opposes military action on Iran

    In the first visit to Iran by a Russian head of state since 1943, Vladimir Putin chose to make his strongest statements opposing military action against Iran.

  • Russia’s opposition gears up

    The motley group of Russian opposition parties may have to unite if they are to survive after December’s parliamentary elections in a Russia dominated by President Vladimir Putin.

  • Extremism in Russian campaign season

    A trail of racist killings has heightened ethnic tensions as Russia gears up for parliamentary and presidential elections.

  • Russia’s Hamas ties complicate role

    Russia’s ties with Hamas put it at odds with most of the international community, raising questions about how influential it can be in any renewed efforts at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.