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Both the United Nations and Russia are independently involved in plans to push the Syrian regime to put chemical weapons under international control.
Russian police and agents of a private security firm are currently attempting to evict the prominent Russian civil society group For Human Rights.
Russia’s Parliament has backed a bill outlawing “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” in a move that will restrict fundamental human rights.
A Russian court's decision not to allow Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer serving her sentence to a later date has been widely criticised.
Vladimir Putin's election to a third term as Russian president has spurred debates about civil society and church-state relations within the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Russian Orthodox Church has ruled that hierarchs (church leaders) and clergy are able to run for political office in exceptional cases.
Russia's prisons, struggling with a growing crime rate, overcrowding and shortfalls in funding, are turning to religion to bring moral guidance to inmates.
The British evangelical Christian development agency Tearfund says that criminalising drug addiction in Russia is fuelling the spread of HIV.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos and Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church, seeking to overcome decades of tension, have met Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree in Moscow on the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Holy See following a meeting at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI. Since 1990 there have been partial relations.