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After nearly 20 years in power, Vladimir Putin may cast an eye an approving over world affairs and conclude that things are, at last, turning decisively his way. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to enjoy this weekend’s G20 summit, where he hobnobbed with other leaders, pronounced liberalism dead and jo(...)

The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A defining moment in this era of constant tension between Europe and Russia played out this week in an unlikely setting. In the vast, cavernous chambe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin looks at a model of the Russian armed forces’ main cathedral in the military theme park, Patriot Park, on September 18th, 2018. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Getty

Vladimir Putin has dipped into his own pocket to pay for a religious icon to adorn a new Russian Christian Orthodox cathedral near Moscow dedicated to(...)

  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (centre-left) and his brother Oleg  take part in a memorial march for Boris Nemtsov to mark the fourth anniversary of his murder, in Moscow. Photograph: EPA

Thousands of people gathered in Moscow on Sunday for the annual march to commemorate the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was shot de(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting  in Helsinki, on Monday. Photgraph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Misery loves company. Under Vladimir Putin, Russian democracy has become a miserable fig leaf for kleptocratic and authoritarian rule. Putin has been (...)

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö holds a news conference yesterday over the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/Reuters

Russia welcomed US confirmation that a summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would go ahead in Helsinki next month, but warned that the talks(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny  and his wife Yulia attend an opposition march in central Moscow on Sunday in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

With just over two weeks to go until the presidential election, Russian opposition leaders are more divided than ever on how best to challenge Vladimi(...)

Pavel Grudinin with supporters in the Volga river city of Togliatti, Russia. The 57-year-old millionaire strawberry farm director has been nominated by the Communist Party. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s election officials have registered eight candidates for the March 18th presidential election, including president Vladimir Putin. With his a(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin flew into the Khmeimim military base in Syria early this month, a group of SU 30 fighter jets, the pride of Russia’s newly moderni(...)

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