Great statesman whose lack of vindictiveness made him unique on world stage

A protester holds up a placard during a demonstration against Russia’s anti-gay legislation near  Downing Street in London. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

Members of Russia’s LGBT network say the new law is inciting violence

Gay rights activists protest in Moscow against a bill banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors.

‘It’s not about whether you belong or don’t belong’

US president Barack Obama speaks with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley at the White House on September 9th, 2013 in Washington. Photograph: CBS News via Getty Images

Draft threatens ‘extremely serious’ consequences if country violates conditions

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrive in their droves for a protest rally in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Opposition leader warned over claims of campaign of disobedience

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media at his campaign headquarters after voting closed in a mayoral election in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Anti-corruption blogger outperforms all other opposition figures in mayoral election

US president Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Vladimir Putin says he and US president stood their ground and neither blinked

Alexei Navalny, a candidate for mayor of Moscow, arrives for a news conference at his campaign offices in Moscow. Navalny, an anti-corruption activist, through his campaign for mayor, has exposed disarray in President Vladimir Putin’s carefully constructed political system. Photograph:  James Hill/The New York Times

The incumbent mayor’s main rival is expected to take second place

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