A flower-laying ceremony in the Armenian capital Yerevan to mark the centenary of the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Armenia has marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders, as (...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks with Fifa president Sepp Blatter  during their meeting at the Olympic Park in Sochi on Monday. Photo: Alexei Druginyn/EPA

With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the weakened rouble are taking their toll on preparations, as(...)

Mourners at the funeral for six family members allegedly killed by a Russian soldier in Gyumri in January. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

When Russia’s president Vladimir Putin visits Armenia this week to mark a century since the start of the genocide suffered by its people, he will fly(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter in talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Photo: Alexei Druzhini/AFP/Getty Images

World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should stay at home, Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to host venue Soc(...)

A man takes a selfie with Russian president Vladimir Putin ahead of his annual phone-in interview. Mr  Putin has said he is willing to work with the US given shared interests and a common agenda.   Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has key interests in common with the US and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a television int(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during the annual “direct line” call-in, in which the leader fielded questions from the public on the economy, healthcare and diplomatic relations among other topics. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

A relaxed and confident Vladimir Putin reassured his people that Russia would survive the economic crisis as he fielded questions from the public i(...)

Former Sevodnya daily newspaper chief editor Oles Buzina, who was shot by two gunmen near  his home in Kiev on Thursday.  Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

A prominent Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was shot dead on Thursday in Kiev by two masked gunmen, the interior ministry said, a(...)

St Vladimir’s Russian orthodox cathedral overlooking ancient ruins at Chersonesus, Crimea, which was founded by Greek settlers 2,500 years ago. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

For the ancient Greeks, the territory of modern-day Russia and Ukraine was a fearful place inhabited by savage barbarians and mythical monsters.Desir(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. He cancelled a decree under which he had banned delivery of the S-300 system to Iran in 2009, a restriction imposed under diplomatic pressure from the US and Israel

Russia yesterday unblocked sales to Iran of one of the world’s most advanced air-defence systems. It is a move that will irk the US and other world p(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: AFP Photo

Ever since the election of the Syriza-led government just over two months ago the shadow of Russia has been a looming presence in the current Greek st(...)