Police block protesters during a rally in St Petersburg on August 1st in support of  the deposed  Khabarovsk  governor Sergei Furgal. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Putin’s man would retain the governors(...)

A view of the  opening ceremony before the the opening  World Cup  game between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

A Russian politician has encouraged Russians to have sex with visiting foreign football fans, a day after Russian authorities were embarrassed when on(...)