Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Pussy Riot protest group, has been taken from Russia to Germany for treatement for suspected poisoning. File photograph: Jean Christophe Bott/EPA.

A Pussy Riot member lost his sight, hearing and ability to walk in a suspected poisoning last week but has been doing better since he arrived in Berl(...)

Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov poses for a photo with Egypt national and Liverpool star striker Mohamed Salah in Grozny, Russia during the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya, has ordered an official crackdown on human rights groups in the North Caucasus Russian republic, accusing t(...)

People lay flowers at the spot where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin on Grand Moskvorestsky bridge in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

A mound of rain-drenched flowers still marks the place on the bridge near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was shot dea(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has denounced the “repeated and arbitrary” denial of admission into Russia of Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tucked away on the ground floor of the labyrinthine European Parliament building in Brussels is the Anna Politkovskaya room. The parliament’s main pre(...)

People carry Russian national flags during a march in Moscow in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on Friday close to the Kremlin. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

It would take nerves of steel to conduct a Mafia style killing on the bridge near the heavily guarded Moscow Kremlin where a gunman shot dead Boris Ne(...)

Defendants in the murder trial of Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev (left) and Rustam Makhmoudov (right) attend a court hearing in Moscow today. A Moscow court has sentenced the two men to life in prison for killing Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist whose murder in 2006 raised international alarm over the risks faced by Kremlin critics in Russia, Interfax reported. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Five men received long jail terms today for the killing of prominent Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya after a trial that did not reveal who had mast(...)

Andrei Mironov: “A man of crystal clear conscience has died.”

Andrei Mironov, who was killed at the age of 60 in a mortar attack near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine a week ago was a journalist, translator and one o(...)

Dima Piskunov (left) and Alexei Matasov in the Grozny office of the Joint Mobile Group, which investigates alleged rights abuses in Chechnya. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In the view from the 32nd-floor restaurant of the glitzy Hotel Grozny City, many Russians must see a kind of victory. Victory over the Chechen separat(...)

Ella Kesaeva: her daughter was injured in the Beslan gym atrocity and two of her nephews killed.

Basketball hoops still hang at either end of the gymnasium and lines are still marked on its scorched wooden floor. The air seems acrid and dank, as i(...)

Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was  found shot dead on October 7th, 2006 at her apartment block in central Moscow. Photograph: Reuters

A Chechen man on trial for the murder of journalist and Russian government critic Anna Politkovskaya was shot in the leg, his lawyer said today, calli(...)