Russia’s president Vladimir PutinMr Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian separatist rebellion there, amended a decree that had previously classified only deaths during wartime as secret. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state se(...)

Soldiers during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has declared that all military deaths will be classified as state secrets not just in times of war but also in peace – a move that acti(...)

Chuck Blazer faces a maximum penalty of 10 years for failing to report foreign bank accounts and five years for tax evasionPhoto: Getty Images

In his room at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, Chuck Blazer held his smartphone and checked his email on Wednesday morning. He was far fr(...)

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov: controls an 80,000-strong paramilitary group which has displaced Russian federal troops as the guarantor of Chechnya’s security. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the exiled former Russian oligarch, has released a documentary film that challenges the Kremlin to rein in Ramzan Kadyrov, th(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko at the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on May 22nd. A parliamentary member of Merkel’s CDU party who described Russia as a ‘warmonger’ has been refused entry to that country, Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Germany formally protested to Russia yesterday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German member of parliament into the country, a decision Be(...)

Yevgeny Yerofeyev lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev yesterday. Ukraine claims Yerofeyev is one of two Russian special forces soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has denied it is preparing a prisoner swap that would see two alleged Russian special forces soldiers return home, after a separatist leader i(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Top US and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is welcomed by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at the presidential residence of Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AP

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, welcomed US secretary of state John Kerry to the Black Sea resort of Sochi today, but its sunshine and spring flow(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with US Secretary of State John Kerry:  on his first trip to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian president Vladimir Putin in a bid to ease badly strained relations over the conflicts in Ukraine and (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin during their talks in the Kremlin. Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool

Russian president Vladimir Putin said after talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday that the peace process in eastern Ukraine was progres(...)