Russian president Vladimir Putin with Syrian’s Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Kremlin. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad was back in Damascus yesterday after a surprise visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to (...)

The Olympic rings sit on 25 ruble  coins, commemorating the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The twin suicide bombings in Volgograd have underscored the terror threat Russia faces as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in less than six wee(...)

Musician Damon Albarn  and actor Jude Law  join other demonstrators to protest against the detention in Russia of Greenpeace activists, outside the Russian Embassy in London on October 5th. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russia was last night dismissive of a legal action by the Dutch government to free the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its 30 passengers, claiming (...)