The North’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify what type of weapon was involved in the test. File Photograph: KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, announcing th(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov  and  Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, during an official welcome ceremony in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Monday. Photograph:Vassil Donev/EPA

Russia has told Bulgaria that it needs guarantees from the European Union before it can commit to routing a major planned gas pipeline through its ter(...)

US president Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen exits federal court after entering a guilty plea in Manhattan on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has claimed that Mr Trump’s involvement with a real-estate deal in Russia continued well int(...)

Russian dolls in the likeness of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russia will regard any US move to curb  its banks as a “declaration of economic war”. Photograph: Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images

Russia will further decrease its holdings of US securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down US companies in R(...)

Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania’s foreign minister Linas Linkevicius, Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics  and other officials meet in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Photograph: Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images

Georgia and its allies have traded accusations with Russia 10 years after the Kremlin sent troops into the Black Sea state, for a five-day war that sh(...)

King Felipe VI of Spain, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev at the World Cup match between Spain and Russia in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/EPA

When Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev blocked Spain’s final strike in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, it seemed as if not just the cavernous Luzhniki S(...)

Spain’s midfielder Koke reacts after missing a penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out ag-ainst Russia  at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Vladimir Putin was meant to be at the Luzhniki to see Russia versus Spain, but when Fifa released the VIP guest-list it turned out that the ranking Ru(...)

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(...)

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