The United States said Saturday it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.
Russia`s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.
The Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, has refused to open a parliamentary investigation into the assassination of former deputy prime minister and Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered on February 27, parliamentarian Dmitry Gudkov said on Monday.
President Vladimir Putin is expected Tuesday to host US Secretary of State John Kerry for crucial talks in Sochi amid tensions over Ukraine, during the top US diplomat`s first visit to Russia since the start of the crisis.
In a bid to reduce the chances of escalating military confrontation and miscalculation as conflict surges in eastern Ukraine, the western military alliance has revived cold war-style hotlines to the Kremlin and the Russian general staff in Moscow.
India has said there is "steady progress" on Indo-Russia civil nuclear energy cooperation and the second unit of the Kudankulam project is "progressing satisfactorily" towards commissioning as the two countries aim to boost their strategic ties in spheres of space and energy.
Tanks and troops paraded across Moscow`s Red Square on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, an event boycotted by Western leaders over Russia`s role in the Ukraine crisis.
President Pranab Mukherjee, currently on his four-day official visit to Russia, held bilateral talks with President Vladimir Putin, with the two leaders understood to have discussed mutual cooperation in various sectors, including nuclear energy and defence.
The Indian Army contingent, which on Saturday took part in the Victory Day parade here, was a big attraction among nearly a dozen foreign army contingents and thousands of Russia's own soldiers for elegantly displaying their military ceremonial drills.
Thousands of troops marched across Moscow`s Red Square on Saturday and tanks rumbled through streets to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, an event boycotted by Western leaders over Russia`s role in the Ukraine crisis.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said India is looking forward to accelerate its economic growth and development through a strong emphasis on technology and innovation and sought Russia's cooperation in this endeavour.