Controversy emerges after Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov got married over the weekend and Russia renews its bid for the Arctic.

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Putin spokesman's wedding and watch scandal

Vladimir Putin’s official spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, married Olympic champion figure skater Tatiana Navka in Sochi over the weekend. The lavish ceremony was attended by members of Russian high society at the most prestigious Sochi hotel owned by billionaire oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The day after the wedding a photo of a more than half-million-dollar watch spotted on Peskov’s wrist immediately sparked a media frenzy. The luxury timepiece - allegedly a Richard Mille "Skull" watch – cost more than $600,000 according to opposition leader Alexey Navalny. As a result, Dmitry Peskov has become the focus of angry corruption allegations. However the Russian President's spokesman denied the accusations of corruption, saying it was merely a wedding gift from his wife Tatiana Navka.

Russia ups its bid for the Arctic

Russia filed an application with the UN to expand the boundaries of the Russian continental shelf in the Arctic. Moscow submitted a similar claim in 2002, but the United Nations rejected it for lack of scientific support. To justify Russia’s bid for expansion, Russian experts used extensive scientific data collected during many years of Arctic research. So this time, to justify its bid for expansion, the Kremlin has offered extensive new evidence collected by its research vessels. Competing territorial claims over the Arctic are spurred by the fact that the region is thought to possess vast, untapped reservoirs of oil and natural gas.

European parliamentarians go to Crimea

A group of Italian Members of Parliament will travel to Crimea this fall. They announced the visit less than a week after a delegation of French lawmakers visited the peninsula. Representatives of the Hungarian nationalist Jobbik party and the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly also intend to visit Crimea.