Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre opens its 245th season with "Don Carlos" by Giuseppe Verdi, starring the opera power couple Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. Various Covid-19 prevention measures are in place to limit the risk for staff and audiences.
A Russian court sentences former US marine Paul Whelan to 16 years in a penal colony for espionage in a case that strained ties with Washington and fuelled speculation of a prisoner swap. Moscow City Court found Whelan guilty of receiving classified information as he stood in the dock with a sign that read "Sham trial!" and pleaded for US President Donald Trump to intervene in the case.