Anatoly Litvinenko,  son of  Alexander Litvinenko, and  his mother Mariana  outside the High Court in central London. Photograph: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Russian president Vladimir Putin is a “tin pot despot” who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London(...)

A man puts a candle in front of the Dutch embassy in Moscow  in memory of the people who died in the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he opposes the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner o(...)

Alexander Litvinenko: spy  died at the age of 43, nearly three weeks after drinking tea laced with polonium-210 in London in November 2006. Photograph:  PA

Alexander Litvinenko told his father “Daddy, Putin has poisoned me” from his deathbed, the inquiry into the spy’s killing has heard. In a statement to(...)

 Dmitry Kovtun: changed his mind in March about taking part and asked to appear before the inquiry. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

One of two Russians accused of murdering ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive poison in London in 2006 was given a final chance today to(...)

Striking Arigna miners walking to Carrick-on-Shannon, January 1969. Photograph:  Brendan Flynn

What’s history, he said I’ll tell you what it is History is the other man’s story The man who owned the pit Not the story of the likes of us Who w(...)

Sergey Chesnokov (74). Photograph: Courts Collins

The High Court has found that a 74-year-old Russian man was born in Dublin and is entitled to have his Irish birth officially registered here. Sergey (...)

A view of the artificial grass court in use at the Irish Open at Fitzwilliam. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Joshua Pim, Helen Wills Moody, Maureen Connolly and Rod Laver, winner of four Wimbledon titles and the Irish Championship in 1962, decorate the sta(...)

The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 air crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

One year ago, 298 people boarded an aircraft at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for a midday flight to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Once the (...)

Russian troops have been installing barbed wire and fences around South Ossetia since the war but residents say the soldiers have now erected border signs up to about 1.5 km beyond the administrative border. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Georgia accused Russia on Monday of violating its sovereignty by placing border markers on the edge of the South Ossetia region, leaving part of an in(...)

Nagorno-Karabakh’s “big wedding” in October 2008, when 674 couples married as part of the unrecognised statelet’s nation-building strategy. Photograph: Courtesy of Gayaneh Girgoryan

As weddings go, Gayaneh and Avanes Grigoryan’s day out in 2008 was far more than a celebration of a union. Not because when they said “I do”, 673 othe(...)