Two men, purported to be Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov: they had virtually identical passport numbers, separated by only three digits. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Russia Today (RT)

A leak of Russian government data about the suspects in the Salisbury poisoning may provide a rare peek into how Russia’s military intelligence agency(...)

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy: “For the IOC to be pushing for Russia to be reinstated, it is wrong and it fundamentally undermines what we are all trying to do in terms of clean sport.” Photograph:     Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), set up to police sport against the use of banned substances, has been accused of undermining the ethics and trans(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin with US actor Steven Seagal  at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool

Steven Seagal has just been appointed by Vladimir Putin as special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, which means, either I’m having som(...)

Facebook has faced fierce criticism over how it handles political propaganda and misinformation since the 2016 US election.

Facebook is using a range of techniques including artificial intelligence to counter Russian operatives or others who use deceptive tactics and false (...)

A Pobeda Airlines plane at Uytash Airport in Makhachkala, the capital city of Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, earlier this year. Photograph: Alexander Ryumin\Tass via Getty Images

The Kremlin’s aviation regulator, Rosaviatsia, has issued a decree granting permission for Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary to start flying a new direct(...)

US president Donald Trump reiterated his criticism of the media as “the enemy of the people” on Thursday, insisting that meeting with Vladimir Putin had been a “great success”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

A defiant Donald Trump has instructed his national security adviser to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin to Washington in the autumn, the White (...)

Mariia Butina, then leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, pictured on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 speaking to a crowd during a rally in support of legalising the possession of handguns in Moscow. Photograph: AP

For four years, a Russian accused of being a covert agent pursued a brazen effort to infiltrate conservative circles and influence powerful Republican(...)

A cartoon baby blimp of US president Donald Trump in Parliament Square, London. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

US prosecutors indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday for hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election, increasing pre(...)

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(...)

 Gina Haspel: wrote a letter to senator Mark Warner, a Democrat on the intelligence committee, addressing concerns about the interrogation programme after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Senate intelligence committee has endorsed Gina Haspel’s nomination to become the next head of the CIA, paving the way for her approval by the fu(...)

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