Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to resist “official repression”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia has jailed two prominent opposition leaders ahead of protests against an unpopular government plan to raise the national retirement age. A Mos(...)

King Felipe VI of Spain, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev at the World Cup match between Spain and Russia in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/EPA

When Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev blocked Spain’s final strike in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday, it seemed as if not just the cavernous Luzhniki S(...)

Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov. Hundreds of thousands of people are rotting in Russian jails for petty crimes or are simply victims of the miscarriage of justice, he said. Photograph: Stanislav Krasilnikovass via Getty Images

Opposition leaders in Vladimir Putin’s Russia have learnt to their cost that arbitrary arrest and even jail sentences are an occupational hazard and t(...)

In the final days of 2011 more than 100,000 opposition activists converged on Moscow’s freezing streets to protest about ballot-rigging in the parliam(...)

 Russia’s president Vladimir Putin speaks at a media forum, organised by his electoral block the Peoples’ Front,  in St Petersburg on  April 24th, two days after he awarded medals to 300 journalists  for their Kremlin-friendly coverage. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentiev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Russian president Vladimir Putin secretly gave prestigious awards to pro-Kremlin journalists for their “objective coverage” of the events leading up(...)