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Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin at a polling station during the presidential election in Moscow, Russia.

It looks like Russia has thousands of troops in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the number using ballots from Sunday's presidential election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a glass of champagne during a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 3, 2017.

Some of Putin’s most powerful enemies just had a day-long meeting — here’s what they need you to know

OPINION: At a meeting of people who've been following Putin for decades, I learned how he turns people into enemies — and how he's doing it to us right now.
The US keeps heavy military power nearby its troops, even when they're deep in the Syrian desert.

Why Russia, Assad, and Iran combined don’t stand a chance against just 2,000 US troops in Syria

Can 2,000 US troops stand up to tens of thousands of Russian, Iranian, and Syrian fighters? "Everybody poses this question as though the US is Luxembourg."

Whoever murdered the Putin critic who warned he was on a Russian hit list didn’t break in, and didn’t use poison

Nikolai Glushkov was found dead last week in southwest London, of a compression to the neck. He had warned the Russian state was out to get him.
Valery Morovoz, a Russian businessman who fled to Britain in 2012.

‘They will come for you’: A third Russian exile in Britain is getting death threats after nerve agent attack

Valery Morozov, who came to the UK in 2012, says he got threatening emails saying "they came for Sergei [Skripal], they will come for you."
Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak attends a news conference in Moscow.

Meet ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’ Ksenia Sobchak, the 36-year-old socialite challenging Putin for the Russian presidency

Although Ksenia Sobchak's family has close personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, she has come out swinging at his political hegemony.

Vladimir Putin’s hard-core daily routine includes hours of swimming, late nights, and no alcohol

A typical day for Russian president Vladimir Putin starts with swimming and weightlifting, and ends working late into the night.