In a series of historic conversations, the filmmaker humanizes the Russian president while examining the current state of tension in the new Cold War. (Above, the cover of Stone's new book.)
In Chechnya, a renowned human rights activist and outspoken critic of the abuses committed during the Chechen wars was kidnapped and killed Wednesday. Natalya Estemirova’s death has sparked international outrage and marks the second such slaying of a Russian rights activist this year.
The federal government is examining lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with Russian energy executives, reports the Boston Globe. This is a scandal that could involve billions (not millions) of dollars.