The move is intended to punish Moscow for an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil. Moscow has responded by expelling 23 British diplomats in turn.
Vladimir Putin has handily won a fourth term as Russia's president, with many voters telling NPR they saw no other viable candidates.
There was never any doubt that the presidential election in Russia would give Putin another term, and on Sunday he received an overwhelming victory over the seven other candidates allowed to run.
Ahead of Sunday's presidential election in Russia, NPR spoke with a Putin supporter, an opposition supporter and a Russian who sees no point in voting.
The weapons include cruise missiles, nuclear-powered underwater drones and a new hypersonic missile. Putin warned that any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies would trigger a response.
The popular 41-year-old lawyer is calling for a boycott of the March 18 presidential election, which he says is rigged. He says Putin's regime is built on making Russians believe nothing can change.
A former reality TV star with a huge social media following, Ksenia Sobchak is a candidate in Russia's elections next month. She has a political pedigree, too: Her father was Vladimir Putin's mentor.
Russian police dragged opposition leader Alexei Navalny from a march in Moscow and carried him feet-first into a van. Earlier Russian authorities appeared to raid his headquarters,
A suit filed in New York state court alleges that Manafort and a business associate misappropriated millions from a company linked to Oleg Derispaska, who has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.