Vladimir Putin
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 file photo Irina Fedotova-Fet, right, and Irina Shipitko are trying to register their marriage at

    Alleged aim to protect minors from Western  'homosexual propaganda'; would ban public events that promote gay rights.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 21, 2013, 11:20 AM EST
  • Brian Preece and his wife Rebecca, of Nampa, Idaho, who want to adopt a Russian boy with Down's syndrome, speak in Moscow.

    Russia's children rights ombudsman sought to reassure American would-be adoptive parents that they will be allowed to take their children back to the U.S.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 17, 2013, 10:41 AM EST
  • At least 20,000 Russian opposition supporters rally on January 13, 2013.

    Natasha Pisarenko has attracted the wide attention of Russian media and, she fears, drawn the disapproving notice of authorities.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 14, 2013, 3:43 PM EST
  •  Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks at the South Stream welding ceremony in Anapa, Russia.

    The Russian energy giant is spending billions to expand, but it will have to tread carefully at a time when global natural gas supplies are surging and prices are falling.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 14, 2013, 5:46 AM EST
  • Russian police detain opposition leader Edouard Limonov, center left, during an unsanctioned rally in downtown Moscow, Russia, M

    Activists try to rally on the 31st of each month with that many days, a reference to Article 31 of the Russian constitution that guarantees free assembly.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 31, 2012, 12:16 PM EST
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the final Cabinet meeting of the year in the government headquarters in Moscow.

    The law will now also block dozens of Russian children in the process of being adopted by American families from leaving the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 28, 2012, 11:04 AM EST