The article, published in Kommersant on April 17th, cited unnamed sources as saying that Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of parliament, could be replaced by Sergei Naryshkin, head of the SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, in the coming months. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

A senior editor and 10 journalists at Russian daily newspaper Kommersant said on Monday they were resigning to protest against the firing of two colle(...)

Rapper Oxxxymiron performs during a concert in support of then jailed rapper Husky at a Moscow club on November 26th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/ Getty

Dmitry Kuznetsov, better-known by his stage name Husky, was a minor star on Russia’s flourishing hip hop scene until police arrested him last month fo(...)

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attends a rally with supporters in the country’s second-largest city of Gyumri. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

When huge popular protests in Armenia forced prime minister Serzh Sargsyan to resign early this week, Russia said it would not interfere in the domest(...)

Sergei Naryshkin, director of Russia’s  Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR): “The West is drawing a new iron curtain around itself.”  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has accused British and US secret services of masterminding the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in the UK and of bullying their west(...)

Russian president Vladimir holds a joint press conference with the Turkish president after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

The worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War deepened on Wednesday as the EU backed the integrity of the UK’s investigation into the poi(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, federal security service director Alexander Bortnikov and foreign intelligence service head Sergei Naryshkin over the assassination in Ankara of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Photograph: Alexei Druzhnin/EPA/ Sputnik

Russia’ president Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the killing of Moscow’s ambassador to Turkey was a despicable provocation aimed at spoiling Russi(...)