Today's News from Russia:
The Russian Federation has suspended its participation in the CFE treaty, thus removing it from the obligation to report significant troop movements to NATO.
The Russian Government has ordered the closure of British Council offices in the country, arguing that the cultural organisation was operating illegally.
Having hand picked Dimitri Medvedev to be his successor as President, Medvedev has indicated that he will pick Putin to be Prime Minister.
An influential Finnish foreign affairs council has suggested that Russia would respond with active displays of military force, were Finland to join NATO, as the majority of the Finnish population appear to want.
Russia confirms that it will veto any United Nations attempt to recognise a declaration of independence of Kosovo.
Andrei Lugovoi, wanted for the murder of Aleksander Litvinenko in the United Kingdom makes quips about his status as an indicted suspect, given the immunity his election to the Russian Duma confers within Russia.
Another Judge has been murdered in the North Caucasus.
Meanwhile a detailed analysis of the results suggests that the results of the elections to the State Duma, apart from being rigged, were actually quite poor for the Putin clique: with more than seven million people who voted for Putin last time not doing so this time.
Meanwhile, Freedom House in their report on the elections points out that, far from the affirmation of stability that Putin would wish, in fact the ballot rigging is a serious threat to the long-term stability of the country.
Just another day in the World's most powerful rogue state.