Alexei Navalny: he collapsed on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The aircraft made an emergency landing in Omsk, where Mr Navalny was treated in hospital before being taken to Germany.  Photograph: EPA

An undercover hit squad working for Russia’s FSB spy agency poisoned the opposition activist Alexei Navalny in August after shadowing him on multiple (...)

Vladimir Putin’s 20 years of political repression and gross corruption have delivered no great innovation. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/ Sputnik/ Kremlin via EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin thumbs his nose at western opinion of the occupation of Crimea, murder attempts on his critics, Moscow’s meddling in (...)

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

What substance it was that caused Russian dissident and corruption investigator Alexander Navalny’s collapse on Thursday remains unclear. But deliber(...)

Czech  prime minister Andrej Babis: ”It’s not acceptable – if it’s true – for a foreign state to take action against our citizens here.” Photograph:  Getty Images

The Russian embassy in Prague has asked Czech police to protect one of its diplomats who local media say was involved in an alleged plot to poison pol(...)

Bright and spacious

Laundry chutes, the hidden vaults within houses are a practical addition to properties set over more than one storey. Over the years, they have been u(...)

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Pussy Riot protest group, has been taken from Russia to Germany for treatement for suspected poisoning. File photograph: Jean Christophe Bott/EPA.

A Pussy Riot member lost his sight, hearing and ability to walk in a suspected poisoning last week but has been doing better since he arrived in Berl(...)

Yulia Skripal told a relative that ‘everything is fine, everything is fixable, everyone is getting better’. Photograph: Facebook

Yulia Skripal has said she is recovering from the nerve agent attack on her and her father, Sergei, and thanked the people of Salisbury for their supp(...)

Arsenal’s Russia tie: the team’s Europa League quarter-final opponents, CSKA Moscow, are revealed by Éric Abidal at Friday’s draw in Nyon. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Arsenal have encouraged their supporters to follow advice from the UK foreign office after the club was drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League(...)

British prime minister Theresa May on a visit to Salisbury, where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent last week. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The joint statement yesterday by the leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK, in which they said Russia was highly likely to have been behind th(...)

 A masked police officer near the area where  former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Theresa May has given Moscow just over 24 hours to explain how a Russian, military-grade nerve agent could have been deployed in Salisbury against for(...)

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