People stand in a street in Moscow as Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers an address on state TV. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Vladimir Putin has urged his people to reconcile themselves to painful state pension reforms, warning that a delay to the plans to hike the retirement(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to resist “official repression”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia has jailed two prominent opposition leaders ahead of protests against an unpopular government plan to raise the national retirement age. A Mos(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev said the US move was “certainly unacceptable and we consider it illegal in so far as it falls completely outside the realm of international law”. Photograph: Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik

The Kremlin slammed United States sanctions targeting Russian officials, oligarchs and their businesses as unlawful on Monday and pledged both to reta(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin lights candles at St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles Church in Moscow. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/EPA/Ria Novosti

The Kremlin is under pressure to scrap draconian plans to destroy embargoed western agricultural produce found entering Russia and instead distribut(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

A Russian fan reacts as her team lose out 3-1 to Finland in yesterday’s quarter-final game in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Douse the torch, crack the ice, melt the snow. Just like that, Sochi 2014 is over. The Russian ice hockey team are gone and with them goes the (...)

David Cameron: likely to come under pressure at today’s G8 Summit over 
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 newspaper revelations about British spying activities four years ago. Photograph:   Suzanne Plunkett

British prime minister David Cameron will face embarrassing questions on the opening day of the G8 summit today after reports that British spies inter(...)