President Vladimir Putin says Russia was obliged to protect the feelings of religious believers from Pussy Riot, slamming their antics as an "orgy".
Russia's doomed probe for Mars spirals ever closer to the Earth before it plunges back into the atmosphere in a fiery end.
The cataclysmic collapse 20 years ago of the Soviet Union unleashed conflict, instability and poverty that are still felt today.
Russia on Wednesday marked 70 years since the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany, an event that apparently caught Stalin totally unprepared.
An ethnic Russian member of a North Caucasus militant group on Thursday emerged as the first suspect in the suicide strike on Russia's main airport.
Russia on Wednesday blamed Polish failures for the plane crash that killed president Lech Kaczynski.
In a withering attack on President Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow's ousted mayor Yury Luzhkov accused him of promoting a climate of repression
Russia fought a deadly battle on Tuesday to prevent wildfires from engulfing key nuclear sites.
Russia firefighters on Monday battled to prevent the worst summer wildfires in a generation from claiming more lives as 34 people were confirmed dead.
Russia and the United States sought on Wednesday to cool a heated scandal sparked by the arrest of 11 suspected Kremlin spies.