Two leaders repair trade links and also prepare ground for deal with US over Syria conflict resolution.
German chancellor presses Putin on armed conflicts, cyber warfare and gay rights at "intensive" talks in Sochi.
Chances of PM Medvedev lasting to next year’s presidential poll and the consequent change of government appear slender - and his replacement will inevitably be seen as a potential successor to Putin.
Russian tech ventures flock to the Irish capital to escape recession and recruit from the talent pool of the global giants.
May 1 marks the official opening of the spa season in Czech spa Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad, and the start of the high season. But the legendary town is already awash with tourists, almost all from Russia.
Eight out ten Russians (82%) are still happy with President Vladimir Putin performance, according to the monthly popularity poll of the independent Levada Center.
Gazprom aims to further divide the EU by offering a share of the spoils to CEE countries, but Brussels is finally facing up to the challenge.
Worsening relations between Russia and the West, plus pressure to meet Nato defence spending commitments, push up expenditure in Eastern Europe.
Deal securing 50% of project cost was closed with Engie, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall.
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