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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(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for another six years . Photograph: Aleksey   Nikolskyi/Kremlin/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has taken the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president and promised to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living(...)

Russian police officers detain a protester during an unauthorised anti-Putin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Moscow arrested hundreds of demonstrators in a brutal crackdown on an opposition rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, two days before V(...)

A protest rally in Moscow against a court decision to block the Telegram messenger service because it violated Russian regulations, on Monday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

With less than a week to go until Vladimir Putin is sworn in for a fourth term as Russia’s leader, the Kremlin wants to avoid a repeat of the massive (...)

Relatives of Maria Agarkova (10), one of the victims of the shopping centre blaze, weep over her coffin. Sergei Gavrilenko/AP

Funerals began in Russia on Wednesday for the 64 people, most of them children, whose deaths in a fire at a Siberian shopping mall have roused public (...)

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