In what is being referred to as an act of state sponsored terrorism, a former pro-Ukrainian Russian MP was shot dead in public. Russia continues to deny any state involvement in Yahoo email hack. Japan and Russia met regarding a territorial dispute of several islands north of Hokkaido. Following concerns regarding the Libyan army, Russia has deployed Special Forces units to western Egypt. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared his intentions for a closer partnership between Pakistan and Russia in the near future. India and Russia are cooperating in an attempt to upgrade the Indian tank brigade’s tank technology. Russia to lift economic sanctions on Turkey according to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. Russia and Iran ink an economic deal during Hassan Rouhani’s first official visit to Moscow. The Russian Central bank unexpectedly cuts interest rates as the Russian economy continues to struggle.