Irina Slavina, the editor of a Russian news site. Photograph: Facebook

The editor of a Russian news website died after setting herself on fire outside a regional police headquarters on Friday, a day after officers searche(...)

A still image taken from  video footage shows smoke rising from the site of a blast at an explosives plant in the town of Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia, on Saturday.  Photograph: Elena Sorokina/Reuters

Seventy-nine people were injured when several blasts at the Kristall explosives plant shook the central Russian town of Dzerzhinsk on Saturday, the R(...)

Maria Alyokhina will be in conversation with Conor O’Clery at the Mountains to Sea festival in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

It’s seven years since Pussy Riot became internationally famous, performing inside a Moscow cathedral during a direct action that ended with a trial a(...)

Tourists and fans walk near the fan zone on Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty

Around 6.30pm last Sunday, a dozen England fans rolled into a Nizhny Novgorod metro carriage belting out the English World Cup song, “We’re on our way(...)

Pavel Grudinin with supporters in the Volga river city of Togliatti, Russia. The 57-year-old millionaire strawberry farm director has been nominated by the Communist Party. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s election officials have registered eight candidates for the March 18th presidential election, including president Vladimir Putin. With his a(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the forum of Russian volunteers at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday that he is to seek a fourth term as Russia’s president in an election next March. Mr Putin revealed his long-a(...)

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 (...)