MOSCOW - In the far east, the teachers went on strike. In central Russia, it was the employees of a metallurgical plant. In St. Petersburg, autoworkers laid down their tools. And at a remote construction site in Siberia, laborers painted their complaints in gigantic white letters on the roofs of their dormitories.
The leader of a Polish bikers' group says its members will greet and accompany a group of Russian bikers to ensure their ride through Poland is peaceful and safe.
Russia is unlikely to launch a military thrust against the Baltics because President Vladimir Putin "is not suicidal," Czech President Milos Zeman said on April 21.
TALLINN, Estonia - About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO's efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks, organizers said on April 21.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave the first official estimate of the cost in a speech on April 21. He said the decision to annex Crimea had sparked a crisis that turned out to be "more difficult" than even the most pessimistic expectations.
Sanctioned Russian oil giant Rosneft has asked the government to grant it emergency state funding by June 1 or face a huge shortfall in tax revenues over the coming years, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on April 21.
STRASBOURG, France - Europe's top human rights court has ordered Russia to pay damages for the fatal shooting of a Moldovan man in 2012.
On March 20, 2014, when Russia's State Duma voted on whether to annex the Ukrainian region of Crimea into Russia, 445 of the Duma's legislators voted yes and one voted no. The "no" was Ilya Ponomarev, a longtime leftist politician and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the weakened rouble are taking their toll on preparations, as the government tries to cut costs and avoid the kind of overspend that saw the Sochi Winter Olympics become the most expensive Olympic Games in history.
The head of Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom Alexei Miller is set to meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on April 21, after the Kremlin denied reports that it had agreed to pay Greece €5bn (£3.58bn, $5.34bn) in a gas pipeline deal.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on April 21 Russia was suffering significant economic problems because of international sanctions, but the situation could have been much worse and Russia was adapting.
The rouble extended losses on April 21 to hit two-week lows after the Russian central bank moved to curb its recent gains while improving growth prospects boosted Central European markets despite worries over a Greek default.
An intervention by Russia's central bank to raise the rates at which it lends foreign currency to banks has pushed the rouble to a second day of losses.
The European Union plans to file formal antitrust charges against the bloc's largest gas supplier, Russia's OAO Gazprom, said people familiar with the matter, a move set to escalate the standoff between Europe and Moscow.
The Kremlin's iconic watchtower has been renovated especially for the occasion, new military hardware will be unveiled on Red Square and the clouds will no doubt be seeded to prevent any chance of rain on the parade - but a host of world leaders have rejected invitations to Russia's grand party.
BRUSSELS - European antitrust regulators are expected on April 22 to charge the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets, a move that could escalate Western tensions with Moscow.
Britain's government on April 20 handed Russian-controlled investment fund LetterOne a deadline of six months to sell North Sea gas fields acquired from German power giant RWE.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit Russia's Vladimir Putin on April 22 and 23 to follow up on nuclear and trade deals the countries signed last year and cultivate a budding relationship.
BRUSSELS - EU regulators will announce on Wednesday anti-trust charges against Russia energy giant Gazprom, sources close to the matter told AFP. The European Commission formally opened its probe in September 2012 and has significantly delayed moving forward due to tensions with Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS - The European Union will launch a legal attack on Russian gas giant Gazprom this week, ramping up tensions with Moscow, when antitrust agents will accuse it of overcharging buyers in eastern Europe, EU sources told Reuters on April 20.