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Policemen detain Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in support of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who was detained by police, accused of drug offences and later freed, in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian authorities can seem impervious to public criticism, but a rare U-turn in the face of street protests over the arrest of a journalist this wee(...)

More than 1,200 marched through central Moscow on Wednesday  to protest against the handling of Ivan Golunov’s case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

Police in Moscow cracked down on a demonstration against the framing of Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on Wednesday, arresting hundreds(...)

Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow following its crash and fire. Photograph: AFP Photo/City News Agency Moscow

Russia is facing pressure to ground its Superjet-100 fleet after one of the passenger planes exploded in flames during an emergency landing at a Mosco(...)

Rapper Oxxxymiron performs during a concert in support of then jailed rapper Husky at a Moscow club on November 26th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/ Getty

Dmitry Kuznetsov, better-known by his stage name Husky, was a minor star on Russia’s flourishing hip hop scene until police arrested him last month fo(...)

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(...)

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