Irina Fedulova and her husband have repaid more than one-third of their $150,000 housing loan, but they owe more than when they started, thanks to the collapse of the Russian ruble.
Russia has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimean peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in March, a top Russian official said Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday defended Moscow’s annexation of Crimea this year and implied that the “strategically important” peninsula will remain part of Russia “from now on and forever.”
At least 18 people were killed and 30 wounded Thursday during armed clashes between police and unidentified gunmen in the capital of Chechyna in southern Russia, officials said.
Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday that a damaged transformer at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, an industrial center, cut electrical power production for several days but did not pose any danger.
The Russian ruble hit a record low Monday as the country's economy continued to reel from the combined effect of slumping oil prices and international sanctions.
International sanctions and slumping oil prices are costing Russia well over $100 billion a year, a top official acknowledged Monday.