The most lucrative annual prize in fundamental physics – almost three times the amount of the Nobel – has been established by Russian tycoon Yuri Milner. He announced nine initial winners, who will become the jury to select next year's winners.
Three members of the punk band Pussy Riot, who performed an anti-Putin song in Russia’s main cathedral, have pleaded not guilty to "abusive actions motivated by religious hatred", but concede what they did was an ethical mistake.
Popular opposition figure Aleksey Navalny has accused the head of Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, of being a foreign agent, allegeding he received a residence permit in the Czech Republic.
It is time to recognize Russia’s overwhelming presence in the Arctic and rename the Arctic Ocean the ‘Russian Ocean’. That is the opinion expressed by the head of the Institute of Expert Assessments, a Moscow-based conservative think tank.
Following the shooting spree in a Colorado cinema, Russian legislators have drafted a bill which would allow public use of firearms. The law’s sponsors hope to curb crime rates, while opponents say legal air-guns already cause enough damage.
The head of Russia’s oldest Human Rights Group has called on the authorities to free the members of the Pussy Riot punk group and compensate the girls for the 6 months they have spent in pre-trial custody.
US congressmen have voted to cancel a Pentagon arms contract with Russia for supplying helicopters to American allies in Afghanistan. The move comes after Russia and China vetoed a US-backed UN Security Council resolution on Syria.
The largest treasure trove of silver recovered from a shipwreck in history – 48 tons of it – has been completed near Ireland. A Russian vessel helped locate the British cargo ship that was sunk by a torpedo during World War II.