Vladimir Putin has presented an award to Fiona Corcoran, the Irish charity worker, in acknowledgement of the work of her Greater Chernobyl Cause in Russia.

Vladimir Putin has presented an award to Irish charity worker Fiona Corcoran in acknowledgement of the work of her Greater Chernobyl Cause in Russia. (...)

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

He has been called a buffoon, a madman and a Kremlin stooge. In the dour ranks of Russia’s political establishment, Vladimir Zhirinovsky has st(...)

From second to right: Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko, Sevastopol mayor Alexei Chalyi, Crimean premier Sergei Aksyonov and speaker of the Crimean legislature Vladimir Konstantinov applaud Russian President Vladimir Putin after his address at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via The New York Times

As polls closed at the referendum in Crimea on Sunday, a leading Russian television presenter reminded viewers in Moscow that Russia was “still the(...)