Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev during a meeting in Saint Petersburg on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin has reappeared in public after a mysterious 10-day absence that sparked frenzied speculation about the whereabouts of the Russian pres(...)

Vladimir Putin: one rumour claimed he had died, another that cosmetic surgery had gone wrong, and another placed him in Switzerland for the birth of a secret lovechild. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Since Vladimir Putin vanished from public life 10 days ago, the speculation surrounding the Russian president has been nothing if not dramatic. One ru(...)

People lay flowers at the spot where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin on Grand Moskvorestsky bridge in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

A mound of rain-drenched flowers still marks the place on the bridge near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was shot dea(...)

Zaur Dadayev,  who is charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, looks out from a defendants’ cage inside a court building in Moscow, this week.  Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

A former law enforcement officer charged with involvement in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has claimed that he was forced to confess(...)

Zaur Dadayev, charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, looks out from a cage  inside a court building in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

A court in Moscow has charged two men with involvement in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician, and ordered three other su(...)

An unidentified suspect (L), detained over the killing of Boris Nemtsov, is escorted while entering a court building in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Russian authorities have charged two men with involvement in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, one of whom served in a police unit in Chechn(...)

A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and flowers are pictured at the site where he was killed, with St Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Two suspects have been detained in relation to the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. “I would like to inform you that the work that h(...)

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, walks out of a detention centre in Moscow a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been released after spending 15 days in custody for handing out leaflets in the underground.Mr Na(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has denounced the “repeated and arbitrary” denial of admission into Russia of Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tucked away on the ground floor of the labyrinthine European Parliament building in Brussels is the Anna Politkovskaya room. The parliament’s main pre(...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)