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The White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s announcement but said US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin had discussed the treaty by telephone and agreed that their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5th, when it  expires. File photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/POOL/AFP/ Getty Images

Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, a move that preserve(...)

If Vladimir Putin remains in the Kremlin through to 2036 he will far surpass Stalin’s tenure as leader of the Soviet Union and become the longest-serving Russian leader since Peter the Great. Photograph: Getty

Referendums are imperfect instruments for assessing the popular will in democracies and in the hands of autocrats and dictators, are often more to do (...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks during a plenary session of the State Duma  in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian deputies have backed a proposal that could allow Vladimir Putin, who has ruled the country for 20 years, to remain president until 2036. Form(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on Thursday to prepare amendments to the Russian constitution. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/EPA

As State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin gathered senior members of parliament together to discuss Vladimir Putin’s newly-announced plans to amend the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  has proposed sweeping changes to the country’s constitution. Photograph: Alexey Nikolosky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to Russia’s constitution that would limit the power of a potential successor if he steps down in 2024, indicating (...)

Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol (C) attends a rally in support of opposition candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections, in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian opposition activists will lead a demonstration in Moscow on Saturday to protest at their exclusion from an election for the city legislature p(...)

Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin addresses supporters at  a rally to protest against alleged violations ahead of elections to Moscow  Duma. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

On a rainy Moscow evening last week Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was addressing an enthusiastic crowd outside the Krasnoselsky district e(...)

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda  and US president Donald Trump  during a  news conference  at the White House,  Washington. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Russia has condemned US plans to increase its military presence in Poland, saying the move would stoke tensions in Europe and force Moscow to retaliat(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

People stand in a street in Moscow as Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers an address on state TV. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Vladimir Putin has urged his people to reconcile themselves to painful state pension reforms, warning that a delay to the plans to hike the retirement(...)

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