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(...)

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) chairs a meeting with top central bank and government officials   outside Moscow. Photograph:  Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia is braced for more financial turmoil after a major interest rate hike failed to stop a sharp slide in the value of the rouble, and plunging oi(...)

Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), will head investigation in doping allegations made in German TV documentary. Photograph: Getty Images

Former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) Dick Pound is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping(...)

A doping control station in the Laura Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Winter  Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Photograph: Hendrik Schmidt / EPA

The German journalist whose documentary lifted the lid on claims of systematic doping in Russian athletics has said he is prepared to make a follow-up(...)