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Russian opposition leader and former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, speaks at a rally in Moscow on June 12, 2012. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia: An Opposition Leader's Death Could Spark a Backlash

The death of Boris Nemtsov, who was slated to lead a large anti-Kremlin rally in Moscow on March 1, will inspire speculation and could draw more protesters into the streets.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a signing ceremony at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Feb. 25. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Sanctions Battle, Russia Courts Cyprus

A recent meet-up between the Cypriot and Russian presidents highlights Cyprus' ongoing need to balance between Russia and the West.

EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete (R) and EU Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic (L) speak at EU headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 25. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Commission Unveils Its Energy Union Plan

National interests will dilute the EU proposals, but the plan will reduce Russia's influence in European energy markets.