Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.  Russia has expressed interest in the Greek transport sector and the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki. Photograph: Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

ALEC LUHN Determined to take Greek-Russian relations out of “the deep freeze”, a defiant Alexis Tsipras flew to Moscow yesterday for talks with pres(...)

An elderly woman reacts as her acquaintances board a bus to flee due to a military conflict in Debaltseve, Ukraine. The IMF is seeking to negotiate a new multiyear extended fund facility with the troubled country. Photograph: Sergey Polezhaka /Reuters

The West does not like to think it is at war with Russia. Yet the Russian government seems to think it is at war with the West. For President Vladimir(...)

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney has cautioned against “a knee jerk reaction” to an incursion into Irish controlled air space by two Russian military aircraft earlier this week. Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney has cautioned against “a knee jerk reaction” to an incursion into Irish controlled air space by two Russian milita(...)

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, wipes away a tear during an interview in London on January 21st. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Thousands of people were put at risk from radioactivity when Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned, a public inquiry has heard.Counsel to the (...)

At the 2012 launch of Transaero Engineering Ireland were  Alexander Krinichanskiy, Joseph Millar and William McGonagle, chief executive of Transaero Engineering Ireland, at their Shannon Airport facility.

A €120 million Russian government bailout for the parent of aircraft maintenance specialist Transaero Engineering Ireland (TEI), could aid efforts to(...)

Georgian Stalinists attend the annual celebration of  the birthday of  Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his native town of Gori, in Georgia, on December 21st.   Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Among the few who dared talk about Josef Stalin’s political repressions, building No 5 on the corner of Moscow’s Dolgorukovskaya Street became know(...)

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s rouble strengthened on Friday after finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that(...)

Tech industry insiders expressed alarm at the idea of creating “better arrangements” to share user information

The new chief of Britain’s electronic spying agency, GCHQ, has accused US technology groups of becoming “the command and control networks of choice” f(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin pictured in December 2010 with Sistema Holdings owner Vladimir Yevtushenkov. Photograph: AP

A court in Moscow has rejected a bail application by Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the chairman of Russia’s vast Sistema investment group, and ordered the(...)

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region in this image from July. Photograph: Reuters

Authorities in the Netherlands are due to publish a preliminary report on the July downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The(...)