Police swept the area the day after Hong Kong’s leader said he is ready to start talks with protesters.
The tete-a-tete in Milan did nothing to dampen a war that has ravaged eastern Ukraine.
“Our politicians have developed a mania of control,” the editor of a prominent independent paper said.
The agreement, reached after talks with Lavrov, was the first sign of a thaw between the two sides in months.
The giant nations sign deals as Russia searches for partners who don’t care about its actions in Ukraine.
The venerable group was founded in the waning years of the Soviet Union to monitor human rights violations.
One bank CEO said he fears a repeat of the Soviet collapse. But Putin shows few signs of backing down.
The exodus may permanently alter the refugees’ home region in Ukraine’s industrial heartland.
The fighting near Donetsk was the worst since a four-week-old cease-fire helped calm the conflict.
Fresh anger rises in cities where Russia once held sway.