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  Alexei Navalny: he collapsed on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The aircraft made an emergency landing in Omsk, where Mr Navalny was treated in hospital before being taken to Germany.  Photograph: EPA

An undercover hit squad working for Russia’s FSB spy agency poisoned the opposition activist Alexei Navalny in August after shadowing him on multiple (...)

Kaliningrad city street: the isolated, former Prussian stronghold, founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century was taken over by the Soviets in 1945. Photograph: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto

In July Russia introduced a special e-visa for tourists to visit Kaliningrad Oblast. The new visa theoretically makes a trip to the once hermetically (...)

Unlike Greta Thunberg, eco activist Arshak Makichyan does not have a wealthy family to support him. Photograph: Facebook

As Extinction Rebellion protests took off in scores of world cities this week a Russian television newscaster delivered a damning verdict on the Swedi(...)

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu (L) says land-based version of the navy’s Kalibr cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile must be built. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia’s defence minister has called on his country’s military to develop land-based intermediate-range missiles within two years. In instructions to(...)

England’s Jordan Pickford is beaten as Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj (not pictured) scores their first goal. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Gareth Southgate has defended Jordan Pickford and publicly reaffirmed his faith in his first-choice goalkeeper after the England No 1 came in for crit(...)

Jeannie de Clarens with her husband, Henri. They both survived stays in concentration camps. Photograph: New York Times

Born April 1st, 1919 Died August 23rd, 2017 Jeannie de Clarens, an amateur spy who passed a wealth of information to the British about the developme(...)

A Nato F-16 fighter jet reportedly buzzed a plane carrying Russian  minister for defence Sergei Shoigu as it flew over the Baltic Sea. File photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

A Nato F-16 fighter jet buzzed a plane carrying Russian minister for defence Sergei Shoigu as it flew over the Baltic Sea, but was seen off by a Russi(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis  talks with a German and a Lithuanian soldier during a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

The US will send more weaponry to defend allies in the Baltic states if Russia steps up its already “destabilising” actions in the region, Pentagon ch(...)

A Syrian child received treatment  at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province in northern Syria after a chemical attack. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

US officials dismissed Russia’s assertion on Wednesday that Syrian rebels were to blame for a poison gas attack rather than president Bashar al-Assad,(...)

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Jonas Vytautas Zukas: the fence is expected to stretch for130km along the border with Kaliningrad.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Lithuania plans to build a fence along its border with Russia, in a bid to halt smuggling and further boost Baltic security as Nato troops and armour(...)

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