Vladimir Putin: appears to be still using Windows XP. Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Russian agents have been accused of worldwide hacking operations, but someone at the Kremlin has apparently forgotten to inform Vladimir Putin of the (...)

 Russian embassy  in Berlin: tensions mount as Moscow refuses to co-operate in the investigation of a murder in which German prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement. Photograph:  Carsten Koall/GettY

Russia on Thursday expelled two German diplomats in what it called a standard diplomatic response to a similar move by Germany last week and said it h(...)

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), about 80km east of Donetsk in Ukraine, in September 2014. Photograph: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has released a series of phone intercepts, including one between(...)

US Attorney General William Barr. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/EPA

The US Justice Department has shifted its review of the Russia inquiry to a criminal investigation, a source told AP. The revelation comes as US pres(...)

 Chernobyl. The aftermath of the (much smaller) nuclear accident that occurred this month in  Russia’s Arkhangelsk region carries unsettling echoes of the Chernobyl cover up of 30 years ago. Photograph:  Yuri Kazakov/Reuters

In an early scene in Chernobyl, the HBO drama written by Craig Mazin, the local party apparatchiks have gathered in an underground bunker at 4am to di(...)

A Curaleaf store in New York. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A former Credit Suisse banker best known for his role in privatising Russian state assets after the fall of communism is capitalizing on another trans(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives at a state council meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via Reuters

Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the growth of national populist movements in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological force(...)

On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon administration, is sworn in before testifying at a House judiciary committee hearing  about the Mueller report on Monday . Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Democrats stepped up their pressure on US president Donald Trump over the Mueller investigation on Monday, summoning John Dean, the White House counse(...)

 Chinese vice premier Liu He, second left,  says goodbye to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, centre,   and US trade representative Robert Lighthizer as they break from meetings  in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

China vowed to take retaliatory action after the United States slapped tariffs on Chinese exports on Friday, escalating the growing trade war between (...)

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