Russian president Vladimir Putin: requires undivided loyalty from public servants. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Vladimir Putin has fired the veteran head of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council together with four members of the advisory body known for their outspo(...)

Vladimir Putin: will need to calculate how much hardship ordinary Russians will stomach before questioning Kremlin policies in Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

As the European Union voted in tough sanctions this week aimed at coercing the Kremlin to back down in Ukraine, a group of journalists in Russia’s rem(...)