Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on Thursday to prepare amendments to the Russian constitution. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/EPA

As State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin gathered senior members of parliament together to discuss Vladimir Putin’s newly-announced plans to amend the(...)

 Demonstrators protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday over the shooting dead of Michael Brown  by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Russian media has devoted much attention to the heavy-handed reaction of American police to the Ferguson riots and the authorities’ failure to quell the unrest. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As the United States embarked on what is likely to be a long period of soul-searching over the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Russia has weighed(...)