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Turns out even hard-boiled Chechen presidents like their photo ops with movie stars, but it doesn't always work the other way around. Actress Hilary Swank just learned the hard way that she should pick her celebrity endorsements, not to mention her management team, a little more carefully after making a cameo appearance … (more)

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The Russian Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for the three men acquitted of murdering Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who exposed human rights abuses in Chechnya. Politkovskaya, a leading critic of then-President Vladimir Putin, was one of many Russian journalists mysteriously silenced after speaking out against the government.

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