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 Russian communists take part in protest rally against a government proposed pension reform plan in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Maixm Shipenkov/EPA

Thousands of people across Russia joined protests on Sunday against government plans to raise the pension age, despite recent promises by president Vl(...)

The jewel in Sean Quinn’s property empire is the Kutuzoff Tower, a Moscow office block now worth a fraction of its original €140 million value. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

State-controlled Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has set up a Dutch company to manage the Russian real estate assets seized from bankrupt tyc(...)

A taxi driver waits for customers in Saint Petersburg. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

After the heat in Kazan touching down in St Petersburg in the early hours of Monday morning came as something of a surprise, what with the cold and th(...)

A Japanese fan walks in the streets of Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

When sport is working entirely well it provides us with opportunities to lose ourselves a little in the celebration of achievement and while enough ha(...)

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during  a press conference at the Ekaterinburg Arena on the eve of the  game against Peru.  Photograph: Getty Images

A matter of weeks after Hugo Lloris suggested that his Tottenham teammates needed to ask themselves a question or two over the summer months about wha(...)

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, refurbished for the World Cup, is the biggest venue in the 2018 tournament, with a capacity of 81,000 people. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As the Italian Conte Verde ocean liner set sail from Genoa to South America in 1930, this newspaper bore no mention of its departure or where it was g(...)

The apartment building at Krylova Street in Yekaterinburg, next to the football stadium. Residents have been told not to stand on their balconies during match days in case they are shot by police snipers. Photograph: Alexei Kolchin/Reuters

On a cold winter day in February, residents of an apartment block in the World Cup city of Yekaterinburg were abruptly cut off from their main access (...)

Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny shout slogans during a rally calling for a boycott of March 18th presidential elections. Photograph: AFP

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from police custody late on Sunday after a brief appearance at a rally in Moscow calling for the(...)

The last tsar of Russia Nicholas II (centre) with his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their son Alexis. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

No serious historian would deny that Nicholas Romanov had a steamy love affair with a prima ballerina before he married and ascended to the Russian Im(...)

US president Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Russia urged the US to show the political will to mend relations on Monday after Vladimir Putin ordered drastic cuts to the American diplomatic missio(...)