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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with  Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following  talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached a broad agreement to establish a buffer zone free of Kurdish forces in north Syria (...)

A picture taken from Turkish territory shows a Russian flag and a Syrian flag waving on a hill near the Zor Magar village of Syria. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

As Turkish forces advanced into northern Syria this week, Vladimir Putin was being feted in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where he held t(...)

Russian police officers  enter a business centre which houses the office of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation  in Moscow during raids on Tuesday. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Russian law enforcers ratcheted up pressure on Alexei Navalny on Tuesday, raiding the opposition leader’s offices across the country for the second ti(...)

A protestor holds a placard reading ‘Here we choose!’ at a rally in Moscow last Saturday calling for free and fair elections. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian pro-democracy activists have called for fresh protests in Moscow on Saturday, raising the stakes in a battle with the authorities for free and(...)

Russian riot police detain a participant during an opposition protest  in Moscow on Saturday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian opposition activists were calling on Sunday for fresh protests hours after a violent police crackdown on demonstrators demanding free and fair(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny  speaking to a crowd during a political protest in Moscow last Saturday. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested on Wednesday as law enforcers battled to contain a wave of protests over a forthcoming local ele(...)

White Counter calculated 22,500 people joined Saturday’s rally on Moscow’s Sakharov Prospekt, making it the biggest protest in the city since 2012. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky

More than 20,000 protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday to demand free and fair elections in one of the biggest anti-government rallies in the Russ(...)

Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol (C) attends a rally in support of opposition candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections, in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian opposition activists will lead a demonstration in Moscow on Saturday to protest at their exclusion from an election for the city legislature p(...)

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda  and US president Donald Trump  during a  news conference  at the White House,  Washington. Photograph:  Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Russia has condemned US plans to increase its military presence in Poland, saying the move would stoke tensions in Europe and force Moscow to retaliat(...)

Leading Russian newspapers RBK, Kommersant and Vedomosti publish front pages in support of detained journalist Ivan Golunov. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russia’s three top business dailies ran identical front pages on Monday, declaring “I am/We are Ivan Golunov” after an investigative reporter of that (...)

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