Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

TV host Ksenia Sobchak during a protest in Moscow against the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as president in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ksenia Sobchak, a famous Russian TV presenter, socialite and fashionista whose late father was a political mentor to Vladimir Putin, has announced pla(...)

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(...)

Journalists gather outside the Gogol Centre theatre in Moscow after it was raided by police. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Twin police raids on one of Moscow’s most respected theatres and the home of its artistic director this week have sparked fears of an official crackdo(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: In a blog post on Wednesday, he predicted the verdict would be guilty. Photograph: Elena Ignatyeva/AP

A Russian court has stopped a presidential bid by Alexei Navalny, the country’s most popular opposition politician, by resurrecting a criminal convict(...)

People lay flowers at the spot where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin on Grand Moskvorestsky bridge in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

A mound of rain-drenched flowers still marks the place on the bridge near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was shot dea(...)

Billionaire Jack Ma,  the 50-year-old founder of China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba, saw added $25bn to his fortune.  (Photograph: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg)

The richest people on Earth got richer in 2014, adding $92 billion to their collective fortune in the face of falling energy prices and geopolitical t(...)