UK Anti-Doping (Ukad)  carried out analysis on 468 blood and urine samples. The number of adverse findings was a big bagel, zilch, zero.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

A fellow called Nursultan Nazarbayev is the president of Kazakhstan. In April of this year Nazarbayev was re-elected with almost 98 per cent of the vo(...)

A man  walks past a board showing currency exchange rates in Almaty, Kazakhstan on  August 20th Photograph: Reuters

Kazakhstan relinquished control of its exchange rate in the latest sign emerging nations will stop defending their currencies after China roiled globa(...)

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(...)

Members of the Ukrainian delegation (left) and members of a Belarussian delegation during talks in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykola Lazarenko/EPA

International talks on Ukraine’s conflict appear to be in limbo after a planned meeting failed to take place, with Russian-backed separatist rebels a(...)

Fiona Corcoran is the first Irish person to receive the Order of Friendship, which is awarded to Russian and foreign nationals for special merit in broad charitable activities.

An Irish charity worker who has helped victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be presented with an award in the Kremlin this week by Russian p(...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)

A woman holds a sign with a portrait of Russian president Vladimir Putin and the words “Putin – Occupant” during a pro-Ukrainian rally in Simferopol yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

Ukraine’s Maidan revolution has dealt a blow to Vladimir Putin’s plan to create a Moscow-(...)

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta holds a joint news conference with British prime minister David Cameron  (right) in 10 Downing Street on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images

The three-month-old coalition government of Enrico Letta faces a potentially life-threatening moment in the Italian senate today when the house votes(...)