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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft.

    The head of Russia's Rosneft earns at least 15-20 million rubles a month, the oil company said on Tuesday, disclosing Igor Sechin's basic salary after President Vladimir Putin encouraged greater wage transparency.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a joint press conference at the Kremlin on April 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

    Is the midst of a financial meltdown, Greece seeks cash and a pipeline deal from the Russians. But any agreement will need EU approval.

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    Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges in his yearly Q&A session.

  • Talking to Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges with anchors in his yearly "Direct Line with Putin," which this year lasted four hours. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky breaks down the most important headlines.

  • Russian PM holds annual call-in

    The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is holding his annual phone-in, where ordinary Russians are invited to ask him questions.

  • Russian film directors Andron Konchalovskiy (R) and his brother Nikita Mikhalkov attend the opening ceremony of a memorial board to their mother Natalya Konchalovskaya, January 18, 2015 in Moscow.

    Two Russian directors have requested $18.5 million from president Vladimir Putin to roll out "an alternative to McDonald's."

  • Here is a look at Russia one year after the Western sanctions kicked in hours before Russia's March annexation of Crimea.

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are shown at the Greek parliament in Athens.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

  • Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management

    Here's why Russia will likely try to spoil an Iran nuclear deal, a critic of the Russian government told CNBC Monday.

  • Putin's role in Iran's nuclear ambitions

    Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital CEO and Author of "Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice." discusses Russia's involvement with talks in Iran.

  • President Vladimir Putin dismissed two senior officials on Monday in a surprise move that followed rumors of feuding at the heart of the Kremlin.

  • International hot spots in the limelight

    Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president, shares perspective on the top headlines in global news this week, including an attempt to forge a new deal with Iran on its nuclear program, and Benjamin Netanyahu's political victory.

  • Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management's Emerging Markets Group.

    The weakness in Russia due to sanctions is the big question hanging over emerging markets, fund manager Mark Mobius tells CNBC.

  • Fighting Putin and corruption: Ukraine FM

    Ukraine Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, talks about the economic impact of its war with Russia, and Ukraine's efforts to deal with corruption within its borders.

  • Rebuilding Ukraine from scratch

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks with Ukraine Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, about obtaining IMF financing while Russia remains the country's largest creditor. Also Jaresko talks about dealing with Vladimir Putin.

  • Crimea a year after its 'return to Russia'

    With a rally about to get underway in Russia, CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports live from Moscow.

  • Women walk past an outdoor stage with a banner reading: 'Crimean spring' during a snowfall in central Simferopol on March 17, 2015.

    A year after Russia's takeover of Crimea sparked a wave of euphoria across the Black Sea peninsula, residents are suffering growing hardship.

  • A crucial week for Russia

    The U.S. and Europe have warned Russia of possible further sanctions if it fails to stick to a cease-fire. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the latest.

  • Putin's 10-day absence is damaging: Pro

    Andrei Illarionov, senior fellow at Cato Institute, says Russian president Putin's 10 unexplained days out of public view has caused "substantial damage" to public perception that he is a strong leader.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on March 5. 2015.

    Russia is trouble thanks to low oil prices, Jeff Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, told CNBC.