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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after a hearing at  the European Court of Human Rights   in Strasbourg on Thursday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Russia’s repeated arrests and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically(...)

Russian police officers detain opposition activist Alexei Navalny as he leaves a detention centre  in Moscow. Photograph: AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was facing fresh charges on Monday, hours after completing a 30-day prison sentence for breaching demonstrati(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to resist “official repression”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia has jailed two prominent opposition leaders ahead of protests against an unpopular government plan to raise the national retirement age. A Mos(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks during an interview with AFP at the office of his Anti-corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow. Photograph:  Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained in Moscow, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Yarmysh said Navaln(...)

King Felipe VI of Spain, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev at the World Cup match between Spain and Russia in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/EPA

When Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev blocked Spain’s final strike in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, it seemed as if not just the cavernous Luzhniki S(...)

A Japanese fan walks in the streets of Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

When sport is working entirely well it provides us with opportunities to lose ourselves a little in the celebration of achievement and while enough ha(...)

 Former Russia and Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images/Reuters

A Russian soccer analyst said he will no longer commentate on World Cup matches for Russia’s biggest state-run broadcaster, four days after breaking (...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed after a 30-day sentence: “If you are planning to breach public order you had better hurry...”  Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

Russia’s prison service will offer exceptional comforts to rowdy football fans unlucky enough to be detained during the World Cup, according to Russia(...)

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov   is being held in an isolation cell in a remote prison in Arctic Siberia. Photograph: Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov

The remote prison in Arctic Siberia where Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike is thousands of kilometres away from the stadiums in European Russia hostin(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained at a recent protest called under the slogan “Putin is not our tsar”, attends a court hearing in Moscow. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Moscow court on Tuesday for his role in organising nationwide protests(...)

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