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

Although he made some conciliatory statements in his interview with Channel One on Russian television and the Associated Press news agency on the eve (...)

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

Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov has said it could not be ruled out that the Russian president and Barack Obama will “have the oppor(...)

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

After the presidency it’s possibly the most powerful job in Russia. The campaign for mayor of Moscow was in full swing until late on Saturday evening (...)

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

The sentencing of anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny to five years in prison for embezzlement will outrage democrats in Russia and abroad. It is a(...)