As Russia helps in efforts to investigate the Boston Marathon bombing, Russians express sympathy for the victims and seem divided over the suspects' guilt.
After stepping up election coverage, many independent news sites are facing tighter scrutiny by Russian government officials.
A proposed national "gay propaganda" law threatens to silence a nascent LGBT movement.
Putin's solid victory, disputed or not, could dampen the protest movement in Moscow.
Update: Protesters take to the streets over allegations of voter fraud in Sunday's presidential vote.
He's set to win Sunday's election, but Putin still may have played one more card.
Refereeing a gangsters' world of bodyguards, armored BMWs and billion-dollar disputes.