Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov   is being held in an isolation cell in a remote prison in Arctic Siberia. Photograph: Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov

The remote prison in Arctic Siberia where Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike is thousands of kilometres away from the stadiums in European Russia hostin(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin. One of the major Russian operations based in Ireland is Rosneft International Finance, a subsidiary of Rosneft, which is the subject of EU and US sanctions. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

A number of major Russian companies that are subject to the sanctions introduced following Russia’s assault on Ukraine in 2014 have connections with I(...)

Eaton Square in Belgravia, London, where  aluminium magnate Oleg Deripaska has a residence: he appeared on a list of Russian oligarchs published by the US Treasury last January in connection with new sanctions legislation. Photograph:Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Tucked behind Kensington Palace and protected by armed police at checkpoints on either end is the street known as Billionaire’s Row, the most expensiv(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny  and his wife Yulia attend an opposition march in central Moscow on Sunday in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

With just over two weeks to go until the presidential election, Russian opposition leaders are more divided than ever on how best to challenge Vladimi(...)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “They are trying to keep their opponents’ mouths shut.” Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Political tensions rose in Russia on Thursday as police swooped on the homes of opposition activists linked to Open Russia, a pro-democracy group fou(...)

Vladimir Putin with  Sergei Sobyanin: Over 90 per cent of the seats at Moscow’s local councils are held by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, providing a bedrock of political support for city mayor Sobyanin. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Muscovites like to escape the Russian capital on summer weekends and relax in the countryside or tend their vegetable plots. But there’s been no time (...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after unknown attackers doused him with green antiseptic in Moscow. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/via AP

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, was recovering on Friday after being attacked with a chemical dye for the second time this year. Mr Na(...)

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: ’Corruption in Russia is the cause of poverty.’ Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Law enforcers in Russia have begun to round up the organisers of nationwide demonstrations against government corruption last month even as opposition(...)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a Moscow court in 2010. The oligarch was imprisoned subsequently and his funds frozen. Photograph: EPA

A freezing order on almost €100 million belonging to the former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been revoked by the District Court. The for(...)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of Russian oil giant Yukos: spent years in jail after falling foul of the Kremlin.  Photograph:  Matej Divizna/Getty Images

In the early 2000s, Mikhail Khodorkovsky (born 1963), was the billionaire chief executive of a massive Russian oil company who had ambitious plans not(...)

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