Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukaev is surrounded by reporters as he attends a court hearing  in Moscow. Mr Ulyukaev has denied charges that he accepted an illegal payment of $2 million  from state oil company Rosneft  last year. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian state prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to hand Alexei Ulyukaev, the former economy minister, a 10-year prison sentence for taking a bribe(...)

 Russia’s former economic development minister Alexei Ulyukaev laughs at a hearing in his corruption case at the Zamoskvoretsky District Court in Moscow on August 16th. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Signs of Kremlin infighting surfaced on Wednesday as Alexei Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister of economic development, told a Moscow court that Ig(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “The government of Ukraine is imposing a moratorium on payment of the so-called Russian bond.” Photograph:  Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Photo

Ukraine and Russia are on a collision course over major trade and finance disputes, as the European Union prepares to extend sanctions against Moscow(...)