Paul Dowling has left the board of Petroneft although he  will remain as chief financial officer of the company. (Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES)

Irish oil explorer Petroneft announced a board shake-up on Monday, bringing to an end a dispute with its largest shareholder, Natlata. Natlata, whi(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in December: File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing and(...)

Russian  president Vladimir Putin broadcasts a speech to Moscow’s Red Square during Friday’s  festive concert marking the second anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

The European Union has urged more states to impose sanctions on Russia for seizing Crimea from Ukraine, as Russian president Vladimir Putin visited th(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry  in Munich. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

The Munich agreement reached early on Friday by 17 countries belonging to the Syria support group specified that immediate humanitarian access is to b(...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The man stood in the arrivals hall in Dublin Airport, feeling euphoric, but also lost, one of an increasing number of Irish people who are deported ba(...)

British home secretary Theresa May: she  announced a freeze on the UK assets of Andrei Kovtun and Dmitry Lugovoy, who is now a Russian member of parliament, after a judge said there was “no doubt” they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. Photograph: PA Wire

David Cameron has promised tougher action against Russia after a public inquiry found that President Vladimir Putin probably ordered the murder of fo(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “The government of Ukraine is imposing a moratorium on payment of the so-called Russian bond.” Photograph:  Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Photo

Ukraine and Russia are on a collision course over major trade and finance disputes, as the European Union prepares to extend sanctions against Moscow(...)

 The body of a woman killed during shelling lies on a street in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on  February 10th, 2015. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 9,000 people. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The United Nations has warned of grave humanitarian problems and rights abuses in eastern Ukraine, and highlighted the continued flow of Russian weapo(...)

The Willows in Blackrock: the United Arab Emirates bought it in 2012 for about €5 million, some 70 per cent down from its original €16.5 million asking price in 2008

Many countries with an established state presence in Ireland have for decades amassed some of the capital’s most valuable properties. Few have sold u(...)