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Moscow said it was ordering the closure of the British Council in Russia and ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St Petersburg. Photograph: Getty

Russia’s government is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agen(...)

A police officer stands guard outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

British police have launched a murder investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov after a pathologist concluded he died f(...)

Vladimir Putin: The system of “managed democracy” that Putin instituted to perpetuate his rule requires the formal rituals of democracy

Few things are certain in politics, but the election of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president of Russia is a fairly safe bet. Sunday’s electio(...)

Arsenal’s Russia tie: the team’s Europa League quarter-final opponents, CSKA Moscow, are revealed by Éric Abidal at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Arsenal have encouraged their supporters to follow advice from the UK foreign office after the club was drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League(...)

A man carries an elderly woman as hundreds of civilians, who were evacuated from eastern Ghouta, take buses to makeshift centres, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on Friday. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Thousands of civilians were fleeing from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of Syria on Friday as two major battles in the multisided war entered deci(...)

Nikolay Glushkov, who was a close associate of the late Boris Berezovsky,  was found dead at his home in south London on Monday. File photograph: Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo/AP

Police have launched a murder investigation into the death in London this week of a Russian exile who had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. (...)

A herder  casts his vote into a mobile ballot box  ahead of the presidential election,  in the Nenets Autonomous District in Russia earlier this month. Election officials can only reach the nomadic voters when weather permits. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Voting for Sunday’s Russian presidential election has already begun in the flat, snow-covered expanses of the Siberian Arctic, which are home to the n(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  speaks at a youth forum titled  Russia, Land of Opportunity,   in Moscow, on Thursday, ahead of the presidential election this weekend. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Vladimir Putin has made a late appeal to his people to participate in Sunday’s Russian presidential election and make their voices heard in selecting (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “Maybe he lacks education, I don’t know,” he said of UK  defence secretary Gavin Williamson, who said on Thursday that “Russia should go away, it should shut up”. Photograph: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/Reuters

Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for prime minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians over a nerve agent attack on(...)

Russian presidential candidate and former TV star Ksenia Sobchak speaks at a big rally declaring her intention to create a new liberal party in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AP

Perhaps because she’s a glamorous blonde or because her late father was a friend of Vladimir Putin, many Russians have not taken Kseniya Sobchak’s bid(...)

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