In the final days of 2011 more than 100,000 opposition activists converged on Moscow’s freezing streets to protest about ballot-rigging in the parliam(...)

Rights activists have described Russia’s new internet law as an attack on free of speech that will be used to silence critical voices. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

A new law that came into force in Russia yesterday will tighten government control of the internet, one of the few remaining media outlets where peopl(...)

 Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaks at a media forum, organised by his electoral block the Peoples’ Front,  in St Petersburg on  April 24th, two days after he awarded medals to 300 journalists  for their Kremlin-friendly coverage. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentiev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Russian president Vladimir Putin secretly gave prestigious awards to pro-Kremlin journalists for their “objective coverage” of the events leading up(...)

Russian opposition activists carry portraits of activists and placards reading ‘Freedom to prisoners of 06 May 2012’ during a rally in support of freedom of the press in downtown Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow today to protest at what they say is a government crackdown on ind(...)

Vladimir Putin’s always-strong ratings have risen even higher to 70 per cent in the last few weeks

A journalist working for a Kremlin-backed, English-language television station sounded a rare note of dissent on Wednesday announcing her resig(...)

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media yesterday after her release from a penal colony in Nizhny Novgorod. Photographs: Reuters

Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot freed from prison yesterday derided President Vladimir Putin’s amnesty that led to their early rel(...)

Russian police detain migrant workers during a raid at a vegetable warehouse complex in the Biryulyovo district of Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Ivan Stolpnikov/Reuters

Russian officials are calling for calm after simmering tension between Muscovites and migrant workers from the Caucasus and central Asia exploded i(...)

The Kremlin has dismissed claims that the recently divorced Vladimir Putin has married  gymnast-turned-politician  Alina Kabaeva. Photograph: Getty

The Kremlin has dismissed claims that the recently divorced Vladimir Putin has tied the knot with a former Olympic gymnast and appealed to internet go(...)

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrive in their droves for a protest rally in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Moscow’s chief prosecutor’s office has warned opposition leader Alexei Navalny that he could face legal action because of an assertion on the internet(...)

Participants hold placards and celebrate during a rally for supporters of current Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin after voting in a mayoral election in Moscow on September 8th, 2013. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An ally of president Vladimir Putin won Moscow’s mayoral election on Sunday, nearly complete results showed, but opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s un(...)