Supporters of Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny hold a rally in protest against court verdict at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow on Tuesday. Riot police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 people including Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters.

Twenty activists including a member of the Pussy Riot group were arrested in Moscow on Wednesday, after staging an all-night protest against the convi(...)

Policemen detain a supporter of opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny during a rally in the centre of Moscow on Tuesday evening. Photograph:  Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was arrested on Tuesday after breaking house arrest to join an opposition rally in Moscow, hours after a court ga(...)

Alexei Navalny, famous as an anti-corruption blogger and as liberal opposition leader, looks through a door as he arrives at the Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow to hear the verdict in his case. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police after breaking house arrest on Tuesday to join an opposition rally in Moscow. “I was d(...)

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(...)

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(...)