Ukraine foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Ukrainian parliament renounced the country’s ‘non-aligned’ status in order to work towards Nato membership. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The Ukrainian parliament renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status to work towards Nato membership, angering Moscow, which views Nato’s eastward expa(...)

Opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has been sharply critical of Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters

Russia has blocked a Facebook page calling for a protest in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as the Kremlin tightens its control of the in(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

IDA Ireland has been expanding its overseas offices, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said.“Although IDA Ireland does (...)

Street cleaners walking in front of a currency exchange office in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov
Russia moves to prop up the rouble

Russia has taken steps to support the banking system and stem a sharp fall in the value of the rouble that is threatening to plunge the country into (...)

A restored T-72 tank stands as a memorial commemorating for the capture of the town Shusha beside the street between Stepanakert and Shushi  in Nagorno-Karabakh. File photograph: Matthias Schumann/Getty Images

In Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, polite officials stamped our passports and wished us a pleasant stay. They’re happy to welcome(...)

A man standing under a board showing currency exchange rates in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Only a few weeks ago Russian bankers, corporate executives and government officials described the country’s economic woes as manageable, albeit painfu(...)

Pedestrians pass a neon sign displaying the latest Russian rouble exchange rate outside a currency exchange bureau in Moscow. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

It would be a mistake to say that the bright lights and jolly Christmas trees decorating the streets of Moscow reflect the national mood as Russia hur(...)