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

Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama  pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St Petersburg yesterday.  Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

EU statement and letter from pope call on leaders to avoid military action

Russian president Vladimir Putin during a meeting with the presidential council for civil society and human rights at the Kremlin in Moscow yesterday. Putin warned that an attack on Syria without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council would violate international law. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov via The New York Times

Russian president says he ‘did not exclude’ supporting a UN resolution authorising military action against Syria

Barack Obama’s description of Vladimir Putin as being like “a bored kid at the back of a classroom” has reportedly infuriated the Russian leader but global political developments may force the two leaders to exchange views on Russian soil at the G20 summit. Photograph: AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

Putin aide says Russian and US presidents will have ‘opportunity to discuss current issues’ at summit in St Petersburg

As Moscow’s acting mayor, Sergei Sobyanin has curtailed the city’s building boom, made improvements to its infrastructure and is perceived to be free of the corrupt practices that have bedevilled Russian society. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Conservative nationalist Sergei Sobyanin is free from allegations of major corruption

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny is handcuffed and escorted by interior ministry officers inside a courtroom in Kirov, on Thursday. A judge sentenced  Navalny to five years in prison after convicting him of large-scale theft in a trial Navalny said was politically motivated. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

If verdict is upheld, charismatic leader Alexei Navalny will not stand for election

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