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A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the most extraordinary crimes of Putin-era Russia, has seen the deaths of some of those who have tried to inquire into it, and has led to(...)

The Moscow headquarters of Russia’s justice ministry, which published a list of nine media organisations designated foreign agents, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia labelled nine US-funded media outlets as foreign agents on Tuesday in retaliation for similar US action targeting RT, the English-language Rus(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in December: File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing and(...)

A man looks through the glass door at the entrance of a closed branch of McDonald’s in Moscow today. Russia’s consumer watchdog ordered four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow to be temporarily closed, alleging the US fast food chain had violated sanitary rules. The news raised fears of a fresh round of sanctions against western businesses. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia said today it was investigating dozens of McDonald’s restaurants, in what many business people said was retaliation for Western sanctions ov(...)

People lay flowers near a fence of Kazan airport, where a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737-500 airliner crashed. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov /Reuters

The pilot of an airliner that crashed near the Russian city of Kazan killing 50 people had pushed the steering column to pitch it into a nosedive, cra(...)

An ambulance is seen outside the main building of Kazan airport this evening after a Boeing 737-500 airliner crashed on landing at the Russian city. Photograph: Yegor Aleev/Reuters

A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on landing in the Russian city of Kazan today, killing all 50 people on board, the Emergencies Ministry said.The flight (...)