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Russian President Vladimir Putin  has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law today banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples as part of an increasingly conservative agend(...)

A Russian opposition politician whose victory in a mayoral election embarrassed president Vladimir Putin was detained today in a corruption investigation. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters.

A Russian opposition politician whose victory in a mayoral election embarrassed president Vladimir Putin was detained today in a corruption investigat(...)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives for a meeting with  his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, this morning. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Former US secret service contractor Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in 21 countries according to the Wikileaks. Here are their respons(...)

Vladimir Putin said Edward Snowden must quit hurting US interests if he wants to remain in Russia, after the American sought asylum. Photograph:  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin.

Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has  reportedly said if Edward Snowden wanted to remain in Russia, he must “stop his work aimed at harming our American partners”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is reported to have applied for political asylum in Russia. Reuters said a “Russian immigration source” had provided t(...)

US President Barack Obama speaks under a tent  in a joint news conference with Senegal’s president Macky Sall. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese president Xi Jinping or Russian president Vladimir Putin about the US request to(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

A TV screen in a St Petersburg pool hall shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/The Irish Times

The White House has called on Russia to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden without delay, saying Moscow has a “clear legal basis” for h(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin presents a historical lithograph to Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, today. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian president Vladimir Putin today that German art seized by the Soviets in the aftermath of the second Worl(...)

French actor Gerard Depardieu was banned from driving for six months today, after he was found to be three times over the alcohol limit when he fell f(...)

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