Disagreements over how to deal with the Syria conflict will top the agenda when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits Paris this week.
An official burial ceremony is held in Belarus for 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle in 1812 against the Russian army.
Mounted French and Russian actors recreate the 200-year-old Battle of Borodino at the gates of Moscow that led to the fall of Napoleon.
During talks in Paris Francois Hollande failed to win the backing of Vladimir Putin for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria.
Russia rebukes France for dropping weapons for Libyan rebels, saying it violates UN resolutions, and has demanded an explanation from Paris.
He has already served seven years behind bars, mostly in Siberia, now he's been given another six. An opponent of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, former oil industry oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured) was found guilty December 27th of theft and money laundering at the end of a second trial. Mediapart editor François Bonnet, a former Moscow correspondent, analyses this defining moment for the future of democratic change in Russia amid a power battle between hardline Putin and reformist President Dmitry Medvedev.