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Suleiman Kerimov, a senator in the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, is being questioned in France in connection with the alleged laundering of funds amassed in a tax fraud. File photograph: Sergei Rasulov jr/AFP/Getty Images

The Kremlin was battling today to secure the release of a billionaire Russian politician who was detained by French police in Nice early this week on (...)

Russia’s performance at their own Winter Olympics in Sochi has been tainted by the doping scandal. Photograph:   Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/Getty Images

A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be exe(...)

Police examine a crime scene after an explosion in which Ukrainian lawmaker Igor Mosiychuk was wounded and his bodyguard killed in Kiev on Wednesday night. Photograph: Stepan Franko/EPA

The Kremlin has denied being behind a bomb attack in Kiev that killed two people and injured Ukrainian nationalist deputy Ihor Mosiychuk, in the late(...)

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who plans to stand in next year’s presidential election in opposition to Vladimir Putin.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

“I have no political weight, and I haven’t earned the right to launch some kind of political programme or stand as a candidate,” said Ksenia Sobchak, (...)

 Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko meets US president Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Kiev and Moscow have rejected each other’s visions of a United Nations peacekeeping mission for eastern Ukraine, casting doubt on whether a compromise(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin sunbathes during his vacation in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been pictured spearfishing in southern Siberia’s mountains. It is the latest stunt for the action man and advent(...)

 Pro-Russian president of Moldova Igor Dodon: called his  country’s ban on Russia deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin  “an act of great political stupidity”. Photograph: EPA

Moscow has accused tiny Moldova of undermining their relations and threatening the stability of the region and Europe, after it banned Russian deputy(...)

US president Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Russia urged the US to show the political will to mend relations on Monday after Vladimir Putin ordered drastic cuts to the American diplomatic missio(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with his spokesman Dmitri Peskov (left) and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (rear) at the recent G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/New York Times

Russia stepped up its war of words against the US this week after politicians in Washington moved to tighten sanctions to punish Moscow for allegedly (...)

Petro Poroshenko: the Ukrainian president  says Russia should end its support for separatist militia. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, has called for United Nations peacekeepers to be deployed to his country’s eastern war zone and for Russia (...)

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