The two oil-producing giants seem to have made a breakthrough last month in their often adversarial relationship, signing several cooperation pacts. But incompatible foreign policies may yet cool the new warmth.
Newly released documents reveal a systematic campaign to reverse-engineer anti-virus software produced by firms like Russia's Kaspersky Labs, allowing intelligence agencies to uncover vulnerabilities that could help subvert them.
No new trade deals or policy changes came out of Putin's visit with the Italian premier. But Russia sees his state visit as another step towards outlasting European resolve on sanctions against Moscow.
Dynasty, which promotes scientific education, is funded almost entirely by Russian communications tycoon Dmitry Zimin. Because he's using offshore accounts to do so, he's run afoul of Kremlin bureaucrats. Critics say it's time for a rethink.
The Russian government is unveiling several new high-tech weapons at this week's Army 2015 show, including a microwave anti-drone cannon and new tanks and planes. But the show is about more than just sales.
The Kremlin has long denied having troops deployed in Ukraine, despite recurring evidence thereof. Putin's decision to classify information about military casualties during peacetime "special operations" may be meant to end further questioning.