Companies owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska (above) have warned that US sanctions against his Russian aluminium and energy empire would have a “materially adverse impact” on future business prospects and could result in technical credit defaults. Photograph: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images

Companies owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska warned that US sanctions against his Russian aluminium and energy empire would have a “materiall(...)

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 police  detain a supporter of opposition leader Alexei Navalny during an unauthorised rally in Saint Petersburg on October 7th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

Police detained more than 200 opposition activists on Saturday for taking part in a wave of anti-Kremlin protests across Russia in support of jailed o(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in a court room in Moscow on  August 4th. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

When Alexei Navalny sat down for his first campaign debate last month, he tried hard to appear presidential. His spiky cowlick fringe brushed flat and(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin visits the Nizhne-Bureiskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Bureya river near the Novobureisky, about 175km east of the city of Blagoveshchensk in Amur region. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/ EPA

Vladimir Putin visited a vast new gas project on Thursday that will reinforce his country’s prowess as a global energy power, just days after the US e(...)

Postelection blues: if Theresa May were to say that she will quit as prime minister by the Conservative Party conference in October, some of the rancour against her would ease. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Emmanuel Macron can now expect control of the French parliament to go with the presidency he clinched last month. Another European of the broad centre(...)

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Baton-wielding riot police broke up anti-corruption protests and detained hundreds of demonstrators in Moscow and other Russian cities on Monday soon (...)

The amount of conflicting, contradictory and barely sane advice  about alcohol consumption is now such that leading scientists say this is a problem that needs treating in itself. Photograph: Getty Images

Just three months ago the highly regarded and influential publication the British Medical Journal stated that moderate drinking was good for our heart(...)

Demonstrators take part in an anti-corruption rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Tuesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Thousands of Slovaks have marched in a major protest against corruption which echoed similar demonstrations that have rippled around the region this y(...)

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: ’Corruption in Russia is the cause of poverty.’ Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Law enforcers in Russia have begun to round up the organisers of nationwide demonstrations against government corruption last month even as opposition(...)

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