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Russian servicemen march during the opening ceremony of the “Zapad” joint drills carried out by  the Russian and Belarusian armed forces  this week. Photograph:  Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/AFP

Russia and Belarus have started major joint drills near their western borders involving dozens of military aircraft and warships, hundreds of tanks an(...)

A scene from State Funeral

A nation mourns its leader. In the far north, they gallop by reindeer towards the nearest village; in the far south, they gather around the sound syst(...)

People at a pro-Navalny rally in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Police rounded up more than 1,700 protesters on Wednesday as Russians in dozens of cities took part in rallies organised by allies of hunger-striking (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Rev Frederick O’Neill and his wife Mrs Annie O’Neill (nee Wilson)  outside their home in Faku in China in the 1930s. Photograph: Marion Young

“At times I gave gifts to local rulers or kings, over and above what I paid to their sons who travelled with me. Despite this, they took me and my com(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) beside his wife Ri Sol-ju during the grand gymnastics and artistic performance at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on Monday.  The woman next to Ri Sol-ju appears to be Mr Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

Kim Jong-un’s influential younger sister has appeared in public for the first time in more than 50 days, attending the “Mass Games” propaganda display(...)

Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin raise their glasses for a toast at their meeting in the Russian port city of Vladivostok on Thursday.  Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told Russian president Vladimir Putin that peace and security on the Korean peninsula depended on the US, warning tha(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shake hands talks in Vladivostok on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/EPA

Vladimir Putin hailed “fruitful” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their first summit, which boosted Moscow’s efforts to insert itself int(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a welcome ceremony as he arrives at the railway station in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

The Kremlin threw down the welcome mat for Kim Kong-un on Wednesday as the North Korean leader arrived in Russia for his first ever face-to-face talks(...)

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