A voter votes at home during Moscow municipal elections on Sunday. A watchdog said the  campaign had been conducted with “lawlessness”. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russia’s ruling party was set to lose political control of the city where opposition leader Alexei Navalny was suspected of being poisoned last month,(...)

Police block protesters during a rally in St Petersburg on August 1st in support of  the deposed  Khabarovsk  governor Sergei Furgal. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Putin’s man would retain the governors(...)

 Chernobyl. The aftermath of the (much smaller) nuclear accident that occurred this month in  Russia’s Arkhangelsk region carries unsettling echoes of the Chernobyl cover up of 30 years ago. Photograph:  Yuri Kazakov/Reuters

In an early scene in Chernobyl, the HBO drama written by Craig Mazin, the local party apparatchiks have gathered in an underground bunker at 4am to di(...)

Russian authorities had previously said two people had been killed in the incident at a testing site in the Arkhangelsk region on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in no(...)

Two people were killed on Thursday when a rocket engine exploded during a test in the town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Residents of two northern Russian cities are stocking up on iodine that is used to reduce the effects of radiation exposure after a mysterious accide(...)

A picture taken on November 9th, 2011 shows buildings at a military base in the small town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk region, where two people were killed on Thursday when a rocket engine exploded during a test. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two people were killed and a nearby city reported a rise in radiation levels when a rocket engine blew up at a testing site in northern Russia on Thu(...)

Polar bears  in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean, North of Russia. Photograph:  The Siberian Times

Russia is battling an unprecedented invasion of polar bears on a remote Arctic archipelago that is home to the country’s most northerly military base.(...)

The unnamed teenager  suspected of detonating a home-made bomb in the lobby of an office of the Russian Federal Security Service   in Arkhangelsk.  Photograph: Reuters

Russia opened an investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old youth blew himself up on Wednesday in the lobby of an office belonging to (...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny waves from behind the window of a police station in Moscow on Friday following his arrest. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Moscow detained Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption crusader, on Friday, hours before he was to address his (...)