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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Sochi. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more (...)

Oleg Smorodinov arrives at his trial for the murder of Ivan Mamchur, in a courtroom in Rivne, Ukraine, on October 25th. Photograph: Joseph Sywenkyj/New York Times

The target lived on the sixth floor of a cheerless, salmon-coloured building on Vidinska Street, across from a thicket of weeping willows. Oleg Smorod(...)

Russian police officers detain opposition activist Alexei Navalny as he leaves a detention centre  in Moscow. Photograph: AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was facing fresh charges on Monday, hours after completing a 30-day prison sentence for breaching demonstrati(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday. “I hope the realisation that this policy has no prospects will sooner or later come to our American partners and we can begin to co-operate on a normal basis,” he said. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AP

Vladimir Putin has urged the US to reconsider its sanctions policy, saying moves by Washington to impose yet more penalties on Russia were pointless a(...)

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(...)

Dutch spy agency: a JSCU interception station. Photograph: Wutsje/WC

The United States was first alerted to Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee offices in Washington in the summer of 2015, when the Dutch se(...)

Police officers stand outside the Salisbury home of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, after he and and a woman in her 30s were found slumped on a bench  in Salisbury on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it had no information about what caused the illness of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy and double agent, who is fight(...)

A group of women comfort each other after a memorial service in the Russian Orthodox Church in Kizlyar, Russia on Monday, following Sunday’s gun attack.  Photograph:  RU-RTR Russian Television via AP

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Russian region of Dagestan on Sunday, when a gunman opened fire on worshippers lea(...)

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(...)

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