It's hard to find a spot in Russia without snow. "But Putin found such a spot and decided to hold the Winter Olympics there," says one Russian critic.» Read More
*Middle East supply risks as Syria conflict escalates. LONDON, June 17- Brent crude oil steadied above $106 per barrel on Monday as a superpower standoff over the Syrian civil war intensified, raising the risk of conflict spilling into the Middle East oil producing region.
SINGAPORE, June 17- Brent crude futures steadied around $106 a barrel on Monday after hitting more than two-month highs in the previous session, as worries over bulging U.S. inventories and soft global demand forecasts offset supply concerns tied to Middle East tensions.
*Obama to seek common ground with Putin on Syria. President Barack Obama will seek the help on Monday of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's most powerful ally, to bring Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table and end a two-year civil war.
SINGAPORE, June 17- Brent crude futures traded below $106 a barrel on Monday, as worries over bulging U.S. inventories and soft global demand forecasts overshadowed supply concerns tied to Middle East tensions.
Bill Browder, CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management, tells CNBC that Putin is Russia's number one oligarch, 'a dirty, corrupt, official'.
Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow demanding Vladimir Putin resign on Wednesday, as the president took the helm of a loyalist movement designed to broaden his power base.
Russia's leading online social network was briefly banned on Friday, in a move dismissed as a "mistake" but which follows intensifying official pressure on the company.
Russia is set for 10 years of anemic growth, according to economists, who said the slowdown is predominantly due to low investment and structural factors.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes talks with President Vladimir Putin on Monday will revive efforts to end a territorial dispute that has prevented the nations signing a treaty to end World War Two.
Topless female protesters rushed at Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a visit to Germany. Putin later said, "I liked it," reports Tyler Mathisen. (0:54)
The security team for Russian President Vladimir Putin got in a small altercation with the South African security contingent after they wouldn't let the men inside a secure building.
The Cyprus bailout and the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovksy this weekend might seem like entirely separate events. But they are deeply connected. And they share the same root tragedy: Call it the "The Oligarchs' Curse."
Joseph Cheng, Professor, Contemporary China Research Project at the City University of Hong Kong discusses the common interests that link China and Russia, and what he thinks will be the outcome of their intended gas deal.
China's new leader Xi Jinping arrives in Russia on Friday for his first overseas trip, with an elusive gas deal expected to be high on the agenda.
Ivan Tchakarov, chief economist at Renaissance Capital, tells CNBC that the Cyprus crisis presents an opportunity for Vladimir Putin to take the moral high ground and become the 'savior of Europe'.
The ECB has extended an olive branch: it said that it would continue to provide liquidity to Cypriot banks.
Vladimir Putin on Tuesday chose his chief economic adviser to head Russia's central bank. She will join a small female contingent at the top table of global finance.
A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece.
A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has been granted citizenship by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with CNBC's Robert Frank.