As the country's economy worsens the Kremlin prepares for a wave of potential unrest.
Assad is more confident in his regime's strength, and the Kremlin seeks to heighten its diplomatic cred.
Stepping up support for extremists simply because Russia has targeted them would be folly.
Senior ministers from both countries confirmed that the talks could happen as early as today.
Russia's recent military support of Syria is more about Ukraine than the Middle East
Russian tiger pelts, illegal caviar and bear bile fetch enormous prices abroad.
The Society for Protecting the Rights of the Consumer is appealing to the High Court
The Ministry of the Economy is considering a review of annual projections after the surprising figure was revealed.
A U.S. and EU oil embargo would cripple Russia overnight as it relies largely on pipelines to the West.
Not only is Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, still standing, but the Russian economy, against most expectations, is actually recovering.
Plummeting oil prices and a run on hard currency reserves show how little Putin invested for a rainy day.
Russia's plan to launch nuclear strikes must be met head on by NATO.
Navalny was jailed for 15 days for breaching a law that restricts demonstrations, barring him from a planned rally on March 1.
The emergency move aims to halt a collapse in the ruble as oil prices decline and the country's sanctions-hit economy slides towards recession.
President Vladimir Putin is under pressure to show he has a prescription to cure Russia's rapidly growing economic ills in his annual state of the union address on Thursday.
Russia's gross domestic product will probably fall by 0.8 percent next year, hit by low oil prices and sanctions.