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Local people have been appealing for help since the wildfires broke out in June, but Moscow has shifted responsibility to regional governors.  Photograph:

Russian emergency services have finally moved to control a wave of wildfires rampaging across Siberia, but environmentalists said it was too late to p(...)

Baikal Ice Marathon participants run on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, in Russia. It is one of the world’s most grueling races: 26 miles amid cracking ice and shifting weather. Photograph: Emile Ducke/The New York Times

The ice rumbled and then shook underfoot. No one had warned Véronique Messina about that. Messina, a French speech therapist working in Cambodia, cam(...)

There is something surreal about sitting centre stage in a bar in Siberia at 6am eating a breakfast of Frankfurters and fried eggs as nubile Russian s(...)

Yevgeny Yevtushenko – born July 18th, 1933; died April 1st, 2017 – reciting his poems in New York in 2006. Photograph: Jennifer Taylor/New York Times
Obituary: Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, an internationally acclaimed poet with the charisma of an actor and the instincts of a politician whose defiant verse inspired a (...)

 A  bottle of hawthorn bath essence confiscated during an operation checking all private stores selling alcohol in Irkutsk, Russia, earlier this month. Photograph: Russian Interior Ministry/EPA

Russian investigators said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal case into a senior regional official in Siberia after at least 77 people died from dr(...)

Hawthorn bath essence: The 62 people  who died in Siberia, Russia,  had consumed the substance  whose label advertises an ethanol content of 93 per cent. Photograph:  Russian Interior Ministry/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday demanded restrictions on the sale of surrogate alcohol after at least 62 people died in Siberia from dri(...)

 A bottle of hawthorn bath essence, confiscated during an operation checking all private stores selling alcohol in Irkutsk, Russia. Photograph: Russian interior ministry/EPA/

At least 41 residents of the Siberian city of Irkutsk have died after drinking scented bath oil in a desperate search for an alcoholic high in one of (...)

In 2010, a scorching summer left bears in Siberia so hungry that some began digging up human graves. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents. In the past month, more than 30 b(...)

Gendarmerie and French mountain rescue teams arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

July 17th, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes near Grabove in eastern Ukraine. The 298 people on board were killed on the flight from Amsterd(...)

Lake Baikal and TransSiberian Express, Russia. Photograph: David Forman/Getty Images

Even now, as the world shrinks through the revolution in communication and travel, the mythic allure of great train journeys endures. The Finnish w(...)

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