On Sunday, Russian voters go to the polls to elect a new president in a new environment. During the last few months, Russia has seen its biggest protests since the fall of the Soviet Union. As the election nears, the country has mobilized an unprecedented number of voting monitors.
The timing of an alleged plot to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has raised eyebrows. State television blames Chechen rebels. Many Russians, however, have called the plot a fabrication to garner sympathy for Putin ahead of this weekend’s elections.
As the U.S. economy struggles, South America's is booming — and so is its political influence. Author and Financial Times correspondent Hal Weitzman tells Worldview why he thinks we need Latin America more than it needs us.
This weekend, Russians hit the streets by the tens of thousands to protest alleged vote rigging in the country's parliamentary elections. Taking place in 60 cities, the protests were the largest anti-government activism that post-Soviet Russia has ever seen.
An attempted coup against President Gorbachev was one of the key events in the fall of the Soviet Union. Communist hardliners tried to force out the president, but their failure ultimately paved the way for even more radical reforms.