A year after his election, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev still stands in his predecessor’s shadow. For Russians, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin remains the country's most influential politician while Medvedev is seen as his right-hand man.
Imprisoned Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured) begins a new trial on Tuesday for embezzlement and financial mismanagement. The former head of the Yukos oil giant faces a possible sentence of more than 22 years.
After initially considering a boycott, Georgia has finally decided to attend this year's Eurovision song contest in Moscow. Its candidate will perform a disco song called "We don't wanna put in", poking fun at Russian PM Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he was 'hopeful' of a breakthrough in Moscow talks on the gas crisis, but stressed that recent diplomatic efforts had 'yielded no results'. Earlier, Russian PM Putin canceled talks with his Ukranian counterpart.