July 25, 2006: Russia and Venezuela signed a deal for the same of over a billion dollars worth of Russian warplanes and helicopters.
A small bomb went off outside the offices of a pro-monarchist newspaper in Moscow. No one claimed responsibility.
July 21, 2006: A military satellite was launched successfully. Russia is rebuilding its military satellite network, after nearly two decades of decay (because of lack of money).
July 20, 2006: A small bomb went off next to a highway outside Moscow. No one claimed responsibility.
July 14, 2006: Russia is putting billions of dollars into developing a high tech commercial airliner. "Superjet 100" would carry a hundred passengers, and, in theory, exploit a market segment that is vulnerable to new competitors. If Russia could pull this off, it would make Russians military aviation more competitive as well.
July 13, 2006: China and Russia have become a powerful diplomatic coalition, working together on both North Korean (missiles and nukes) and Iranian (the same) issues. China and Russia are also cooperating in counter-terrorism issues, and how to deal with the United States.
July 12, 2006: The government has offered to store nuclear wastes for foreign nuclear reactions. This could earn billions of dollars a year, for Russia has plenty of isolated land suitable for such a site, and most nations are happy to get the radioactive stuff out of their countries.
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is falling apart. Formed by Russia in the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the CIS was sort of a successor of the Soviet Union. But at a recent meeting of CIS representatives, members Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkmenistan did not attend.