During the Soviet era, watching a James Bond film in Russia could lead to a jail sentence. Despite the ban, many were able to catch bootleg copies during the thawing of the Cold War in the 1980s. This developed into a Russian love affair with the foreign agent. James Brooke reports from Moscow.
Russia's economy runs on oil and gas. But with Russia's economy on the edge of recession, a new threat has emerged - possible sanctions against energy technology sales from the West. James Brooke reports from Moscow.
When Crimea broke away from Ukraine, after the uprising in Kyiv that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, Russia denied sending soldiers and weapons to boost the secessionist forces. Now, as James Brooke reports for VOA from Moscow, the Kremlin is trying the same tactic in the Russian-leaning areas of southeastern Ukraine.