Russians, celebrating here after their win over Egypt, have been swept up in the carnival atmosphere of this World Cup. 
 Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

It’s Friday lunchtime and there’s a problem with my railway ticket. The passport number on the ticket doesn’t correspond with the actual passport numb(...)

TV host Ksenia Sobchak during a protest in Moscow against the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as president in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ksenia Sobchak, a famous Russian TV presenter, socialite and fashionista whose late father was a political mentor to Vladimir Putin, has announced pla(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands during a joint news conference following their talks in Sochi on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has used her first official visit to Russia since its annexation of Crimea to condemn persecution of gays in Chechnya. Afte(...)

Pussy Riot member  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, surrounded by photographers, stands in front of a police line on Monday outside the Moscow court that jailed seven opposition activists for periods of up to four years. Tolokonnikova was taken into custody. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

A court in Moscow jailed has seven opposition activists  for their involvement in a 2012 protest that ended in violent clashes with law enforc(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (second right), his co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov (left) and their lawyers smile after the announcement of the verdict at a       Kirov court yesterday.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

If the trial of Alexey Navalny was, as his supporters say, politically motivated, the Kremlin appears to have decided that Russia’s most charismatic o(...)

EU commissioner for enterprise and industry Antonio Tajani believes the EU can offer an excellent way for businesses to grow their links abroad. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

This year’s annual late spring-early summer exhibition at Brussels’s national gallery was devoted to Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. The father of a(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reportedly met Russian diplomats yesterday morning and handed them a list of 15 countries to which he would like to apply for political asylum. Photograph: Reuters/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras

Vladimir Putin has for the first time floated the idea of United States whistleblower Edward Snowden remaining in Russia, hours after the fugitive app(...)