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Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (L) and US president Donald Trump (R) pose for a photo during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on Friday. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA

US president Donald Trump has reignited the controversy over claims that Russia helped put him in power by appearing to make a joke of it with the cou(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives at a state council meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via Reuters

Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the growth of national populist movements in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological force(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in the presentation of the appointment and dismissal certificate as Federal Minister of Justice to Katarina Barley (SPD) and the new Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking at a public ceremony on Thursday, the second time this month, prompting assurances from her spokesman(...)

Opposition demonstrators help a wounded man during a protest outside the  Georgian parliament in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Georgians protested again on Friday after earlier trying to storm their parliament to stop a visit by a deputy from Russia, which defeated the pro-wes(...)

Man in bar watches Russian president Vladimir Putin on TV as he  answers citizens’ questions during a live broadcast call-in conference. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov

As Vladimir Putin embarked on his annual press conference on Thursday, news emerged that preparations were under way in the Russian far-east for the r(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky in Berlin, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has assured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy that she wants sanctions on Moscow to continue and his country not(...)

Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong’s leaders step down and withdraw the extradition Bill, in Hong Kong. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Before the mass street protests, the tear gas and the clashes with police, before the government went all out for legislation that could threaten Hong(...)

Policemen detain Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in support of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who was detained by police, accused of drug offences and later freed, in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian authorities can seem impervious to public criticism, but a rare U-turn in the face of street protests over the arrest of a journalist this wee(...)

President of Moldova Igor Dodon, second from left, during a briefing in the parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldova’s president and new government have called for a mass rally this weekend to force out a rival oligarch-backed cabinet, as political turmoil gr(...)

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