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People returning to face-to-face deal-making and discussion need to draw on all their reserves of empathy. Photograph: iStock

Royalty may have shaken a stranger’s hand for the last time. Even if state occasions resume, and even if others become comfortable again with a palm-t(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A survey in June found Navalny was Russia’s second most ‘inspirational’ politician, after the president. File photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo

Alexei Navalny’s visit to Siberia last week went like most of the trips he has taken across the country to galvanise anger against Russian president V(...)

 Alexei Navalny: Several times each year, he and his team would drop a blockbuster investigation. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

The Russian opposition leader had irritated some of Russia’s most powerful men with his slick YouTube investigations into the industrial-scale corrupt(...)

An electronic screen, installed on the facade of a business centre, shows an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Vladimir Putin’s current term as president of Russia ends in 2024, and speculation has been rife over the future intentions of a man who has served lo(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on Thursday to prepare amendments to the Russian constitution. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/EPA

As State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin gathered senior members of parliament together to discuss Vladimir Putin’s newly-announced plans to amend the(...)

Russia’s new prime minister Mikhail Mishustin:  a capable bureaucrat who appears to be completely loyal to Vladimir Putin, according to analysts. Photograph:   Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Tax official Mikhail Mishustin has become Russia’s prime minister as a government shake-up marked the start of a bid by president Vladimir Putin to ch(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Analysts say he wants to secure a political future for himself and Russia when he is constitutionally mandated to step down in 2024. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/ Government pool via AP

Vladimir Putin has announced the most sweeping political changes in Russia in almost three decades. The constitution will change in a way that could s(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  has proposed sweeping changes to the country’s constitution. Photograph: Alexey Nikolosky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to Russia’s constitution that would limit the power of a potential successor if he steps down in 2024, indicating (...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev: “I believe that on April 12th the citizens will make a wise choice that will trace the road on which we, the politicians, should lead the country.” Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Nato has reassured North Macedonia that it will soon be a fully-fledged member of the alliance, after it called snap elections in response to the Euro(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shake hands talks in Vladivostok on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/EPA

Vladimir Putin hailed “fruitful” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their first summit, which boosted Moscow’s efforts to insert itself int(...)

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