Russians mourning Alexei Navalny's death were detained as they tried to lay flowers at memorials.
Putin has held power for nearly 24 years. His year-end news conference lasted over four hours.
Under constitutional reforms Vladimir Putin arranged, he is eligible to seek two more six-year terms after his current one expires next year, potentially allowing him to remain in power until 2036.
An investigation team said they had insufficient evidence to launch new prosecutions and suspended their probe into the shooting down of the plane that killed all 298 people aboard in 2014. Russia has denied any involvement in the downing of the flight.
The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7.
Russia has suffered a series of setbacks nearly eight months after invading Ukraine in a campaign many thought would be short-lived.
Pope Francis uttered his strongest plea yet about the seven-month-old war in Ukraine, which he denounced as an “error and a horror.”
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has issued another security alert for Americans in Russia, warning them to depart “immediately while limited commercial travel options remain.”
The total number of reservists to be called up in Russia could be as high as 300,000.
The 29-year-old was the daughter of political theorist Alexander Dugin, a prominent proponent of the “Russian world” concept and a vehement supporter of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says unlike him, Western leaders abuse alcohol and don't do sports.
Zelenskyy pushes for harsher sanctions as the war in Ukraine persists
Given Vladimir Putin’s antipathy toward the West and his repeated denunciations of Ukraine, officials believe he may see the U.S. backing of Ukraine’s resistance as a direct affront to him, giving him further incentive to target another U.S. election.
Authorities in Gibraltar seized a superyacht belonging to a notorious Russian billionaire on March 21, local media reported.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered many of Russia's workers to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising coronavirus infection and death numbers.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, suggested the Russians rethink their stance “before a costly arms race ensues.”