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(...)

A protest rally in Moscow against a court decision to block the Telegram messenger service because it violated Russian regulations, on Monday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

With less than a week to go until Vladimir Putin is sworn in for a fourth term as Russia’s leader, the Kremlin wants to avoid a repeat of the massive (...)