Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A survey in June found Navalny was Russia’s second most ‘inspirational’ politician, after the president. File photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo

Alexei Navalny’s visit to Siberia last week went like most of the trips he has taken across the country to galvanise anger against Russian president V(...)

‘A great number of the depressingly uniform buildings being thrown up in the modern world are pretty “immoral”, designed purely for investment profit.’ File photograph: Getty

Not so long ago I attended a talk about the Victorian art and architecture critic John Ruskin. I’m vaguely familiar with Ruskin as a champion of pre-R(...)

 Yuliya Stepanova helped lift the lid on the extent of the doping problem within Russian sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Two books more or less about running arrived in the post last week, one I didn’t expect and wanted to read, the other like a blast from the past and I(...)

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(...)

Frankie Benson was a major radio personality in the Irish community for over 40 years

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

Malahide Castle, the home of the Talbot family. James Talbot would inherit the castle in 1849 following the death of his older brother. Photograph: William Murphy/Wikimedia Commons

When we’re asked to picture a spy in our minds we often conjure up a tuxedo clad agent confidently navigating a world of megalomaniacs, futuristic gad(...)

Oliver James with his daughter Vivien in St Petersburg.

An Irish citizen who is “stranded” in Russia with his two-month-old daughter and at risk of running out of money and becoming homeless has appealed to(...)

A Google Street View image of  the British Museum

To paraphrase a philosophical conundrum: if an artwork exists in a gallery, and nobody sees it, is it still meaningful? As cultural institutions close(...)

Mythopoeia fitted in-flight entertainment systems for airlines. iStock

The coronavirus has been blamed for the failure of an Irish in-flight entertainment systems supplier that went into liquidation on Wednesday owing cre(...)

President Donald Trump meeting with president Vladimir Putin of Russia in June, 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed the state of relations between their two countries in a phone call instigated(...)

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