The diplomats were intending to travel to a remote town in the Russian Arctic, where a mysterious nuclear accident killed seven people in August, releasing radiation.
Naama Issachar, a yoga student arrested at the Moscow airport, has found her fate linked to that of a little-known Russian held in Israel and facing extradition to the United States.
Known as Unit 29155, the group is skilled in subversion, sabotage and assassination and has only recently become known to Western intelligence agencies.
Roaming bears hunt wild Pacific salmon among alpine meadows on this Russian peninsula, a compact, volcanic Eden.
The German authorities suspect the well-planned killing of a former Chechen separatist in Berlin was carried out by a Russian hit man released from prison for that purpose.
We asked 18 families to show us what they have for dinner on a typical weeknight.
Travel can involve hiccups like a misrepresented property or a destination that pales to the hype. The key is taking the snafus in stride.