Russian president Vladimir Putin: retaliation for sanctions “should be done very carefully in order to support domestic producers but not hurt consumers”. Photograph: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ordered his government to draw up retaliatory measures as a riposte to western sanctions amid signs Moscow was consi(...)

 Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev inspects a Boeing 737-800  aircraft operated by the Dobrolet airline as Aeroflot general director Vitaly Savelyev  and Russian transport minister Maxim Sokolov (right) look on. Photo: EPA/Dmitry Astakhov 1:04

The seats were cramped but the price was right, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev declared today as he gave the Russian government’s blessing to a low-co(...)

Russian forces are on high alert to head off possible militant attacks at the Winter Olympic Games, which begin tomorrow in Sochi. Some US politicians have expressed concern about security at the Black Sea resort, but US president Barack Obama has said he believes Sochi is safe. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The United States issued a warning last night to airports and to some airlines flying to Russia for the Olympics to watch for toothpaste tubes that co(...)

A number of Ryanair’s rivals already serve Russia, including Easyjet, which began services from Gatwick in London to Moscow Domodedovo last March and then launched a service from Manchester

Ryanair is likely to commence flights between Ireland and Russia next autumn after it emerged that Russian aviation regulator has granted the airline (...)

Ryanair has been granted permission to start regular flights on routes from Dublin to Moscow and St Petersburg. Photograph: Reuters

Ryanair has been granted permission to fly to destinations in Russia from March next year by the country’s aviation authority. The Federal Air Transpo(...)

Edward Snowden at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport yesterday. Snowden is seeking temporary asylum in Russia and plans to go to Latin America eventually Photograph: Human Rights Watch/Handout/Reuters

Yesterday’s news that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is to seek temporary political asylum in Russia after three weeks in the transit zone of Moscow(...)

New Manchester United manager David Moyes poses for photographs at Old Trafford last week. Russian airline Aeroflot has become the latest company to create a commercial link with the Premier League champions. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Russian state-controlled airline Aeroflot has joined Manchester United’s growing list of global sponsors today.Aeroflot, the first Russian company to(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a US defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in June.  Venezuela and Bolivia have offered Mr  Snowden asylum. Photograph: Reuters

A senior member of the Russian parliament said last night that political asylum in Venezuela would be “the best solution” for Edward Snowden, the fo(...)

People hold portraits of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden (left) and US Army Private  Bradley Manning, a suspected whistleblower who is on trial in the US for “aiding the enemy”,  during a protest in front the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Government has received a request from the US authorities to arrest fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Meanwhile, Mr Snowden’s bid f(...)

An empty passenger seat believed to be reserved by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is seen on a plane to Cuba in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

The United States is urging Russia to expel spy agency leaker Edward Snowden to the US to face justice, the White House said tonight.US officials are (...)