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Russian police officers prepare to block protesters during a rally in support of opposition candidates in the Moscow city duma elections. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

The Kremlin hopes the Moscow city parliament election taking place this Sunday will turn the page on the political turmoil of the past two months that(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to resist “official repression”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia has jailed two prominent opposition leaders ahead of protests against an unpopular government plan to raise the national retirement age. A Mos(...)

King Felipe VI of Spain, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev at the World Cup match between Spain and Russia in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/EPA

When Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev blocked Spain’s final strike in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, it seemed as if not just the cavernous Luzhniki S(...)

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(...)

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak: says it is “shameful and scary”  six of the eight politicians standing for president had “glorified Stalin and justified his crimes”.Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

As Russians laid flowers on the grave of Josef Stalin in Moscow on Monday, presidential candidate Kseniya Sobchak slammed the Kremlin for allowing the(...)

Russian communists carry Soviet red flags and portraits of  Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin at a ceremony at Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov

Vladimir Lenin would turn in his grave if he knew that Russian state television was marking the centenary of the Great October Revolution this week wi(...)

Signage in Cyrillic, English and Chinese  at Leningradsky Railway Station in Moscow as part of preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. File photograph: Anton Novoderezhkin/Getty Images)

The guide at the 19th century mansion near Moscow where Vladimir Lenin died was searching for a Chinese tourist who, in haste to pose for a photograph(...)

Russian communists are outraged by the proposal to remove Lenin’s body from the mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square. File photograph: Getty Images

As Russia marks the centenary of the 1917 revolution that swept Vladimir Lenin to power, it might be time to give the late leader of the world’s first(...)

Vladimir Putin: will need to calculate how much hardship ordinary Russians will stomach before questioning Kremlin policies in Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

As the European Union voted in tough sanctions this week aimed at coercing the Kremlin to back down in Ukraine, a group of journalists in Russia’s rem(...)

From second to right: Russian upper house speaker Valentina Matvienko, Sevastopol mayor Alexei Chalyi, Crimean premier Sergei Aksyonov and speaker of the Crimean legislature Vladimir Konstantinov applaud Russian President Vladimir Putin after his address at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via The New York Times

As polls closed at the referendum in Crimea on Sunday, a leading Russian television presenter reminded viewers in Moscow that Russia was “still the(...)