Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre): the Kremlin wants World Cup 2018 to be a showcase for Putin’s Russia, just like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters

The mayor of Kaliningrad, a host city for the World Cup in Russia next year, has offered some striking match-day advice to its residents: don’t hit th(...)

Spartak Moscow’s supporters burn flares during the  Champions League  match against  NK Maribor. The Russian club was fined €60,000 and their  fans have been banned from the away game against Sevilla. Photograph:   Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool and Manchester United supporters have been warned they face “a long stay in Russia” should trouble occur at their Champions League fixtures (...)

An unidentified suspect (L), detained over the killing of Boris Nemtsov, is escorted while entering a court building in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Russian authorities have charged two men with involvement in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, one of whom served in a police unit in Chechn(...)