The embattled Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, appeared in Moscow on Tuesday night, for his first trip outside of his country since the uprising against him began in 2011. It’s a sign of his dependence on Russian military assistance.
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.