A poll by Pew Research found that attitudes to both democracy and homosexuality remain very conservative in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including among the young.
Demand flies in face of current US moves to significantly broaden Russia sanctions imposed in 2014.
Emerging market investment start-up posted a profit of £1.378mn ($1.75mn) last year compared with £361,171 in 2015.
Russian state atomic energy corporation set to sign preliminary deal to sell stake in nuclear project Turkey badly needs to cut costs of imported energy.
Chinese investment links to Russia are rising and broadening, and Moscow is now able to win better terms than before.
Western commentators rush in too fast with Kremlin's take on the language issue, says columnist Kateryna Kruk.
Trade turnover between Russia and China is on course to reach $80bn in 2017, but progress has not been steady and the partners will have to work hard to hit the new target of $200bn by 2020.
Russian government plans remain vague and still obsessed with security, while the sector lacks seed finance.
Higher than expected oil prices meant Russia did not have to touch its reserve funds so far in 2017 to prop up budget spending. But the finance ministry says it will have to dip into them in the second half of 2017.
Thugs, bombs, slave labour claims, high ticket prices and wary sponsors are some of the clouds looming over Russia's big sporting year.
Russian stock market immediately sold off by 1.7% on the approval of new US sanctions and took the index to its lowest level this year.
President concentrates on problems faced by normal Russians during four-hour session, with half an eye on 2018 presidential elections he is widely expected to win.
Predictions of Russia's literal imminent demise have proven wrong again as the country enjoyed its third consecutive year of natural population growth, President Vladimir Putin said in a fragment of his interview to US filmmaker Oliver Stone.
Conditions faced by workers at stadiums being built to host the championship come under harsh scrutiny in a new Human Rights Watch report.
Legislation receives broad bipartisan support despite Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for "flexibility" in Russia policy.
Russian market ripe for return after three years in the doldrums, says CEO Tony Goodwin.
Russia has been ranked number one for dating app share of total app downloads. In this country, 0.39% of app downloads are dating apps. Following closely behind Russia is Brazil, with 0.38% of dating app shares, according to Sensortower data.
Emerging markets are starting to feature more prominently on the QS World University Rankings, with Russia's top five universities all advancing more than 10 places on the latest index.
May saw Russia’s investors pile into abundant Eurobond issues, which doubled m/m, expanding their portfolios by 7% over the monthly average. Equity was more mixed, but retail was the big winner.
Feverish speculation over Dmitri Medvedev's successor reflects a feeling that President Vladimir Putin is running out of steam, that he has no new ideas, and diminishing enthusiasm for the job.