Dutch foreign affairs minister Stef Blok. Photograph: Sem Van der Wal/EPA

Two Dutch diplomats have been given a fortnight to leave Moscow in the latest flare-up in tense relations between the two countries – this time centre(...)

A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at passport control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday evening. He was detained by police shortly afterwards. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was detained by police on Sunday evening as he landed in Russia, having returned from Germany where he had (...)

Image posted on September 23rd on the Instagram account of @navalny shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sitting on a bench in Berlin. Photograph: @navalny/AFP via Getty

The European Union has plenty of pressing “domestic” issues to tackle, including the double impact of coronavirus and Brexit, but crises facing its ea(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

A Syrian boy receives treatment at a hospital in  Aleppo on Saturday. Official Syrian media accused the armed opposition of launching an attack with “toxic gas” on the northern city, but a leading rebel alliance has denied any involvement. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

The global chemical weapons agency will investigate an alleged gas attack in Aleppo, Syria on Saturday that reportedly wounded up to 100 people, the h(...)

Austrian ambassador to Russia Johannes Eigner leaves the Russian foreign ministry headquarters in Moscow after it was declared that Austria suspects a recently retired military officer in spying for Russia for decades, on Friday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Austria condemned Russia for espionage on Friday after launching an investigation of a retired army colonel suspected of spying for Moscow for many ye(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels. There is backing  for the idea of extending the UK transition period by a year – although the UK would have to ask for it. Photograph: EPA

There are EU summits which take decisions. They are, after all, the supreme decision-making authority of the union. And there are those consigned(...)

Four men arriving from Moscow at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as the Netherlands expelled four alleged Russian agents in April. Photograph: Ho/Dutch Defence Ministry/AFP

It must go down as one of the most embarrassing months ever for Russia’s military intelligence. In the 30 days since UK prime minister Theresa May re(...)

Mobile phones and a camera recovered from four GRU officers who were alleged to have to have hacked the WiFi networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Photograph: PA

Russia has been accused of acting like a “pariah state” by the UK defence secretary after allegations intelligence officers from the Kremlin tried to (...)

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