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Russia’s supreme court yesterday cut the prison sentences of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner, suggesting both men may (...)

 Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and   prime minister Vladimir Putin (right).

Russia’s minister of sports, Vitaly Mutko, said on Thursday that foreign athletes travelling to Russia for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi would be expect(...)

US whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Russian  refugee documents.  Photograph: Reuters/Rossiya 24

The White House said it was “extremely disappointed” with Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, castin(...)

President Vladimir Putin had said Edward Snowden could receive asylum in Russia on condition he stops leaking US secrets. Photograph: Getty Images

The United States is “extremely disappointed” in Russia’s decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House (...)

For anyone who works in newspapers, Hamburg’s red-brick Pressehaus, home to Die Zeit newspaper, is a harbour of calm from the storm battering the indu(...)

A television screen shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Former US security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the US civilian cou(...)

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny addresses supporters and journalists after arriving from Kirov at a railway station in Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny told cheering supporters he wants to contest and win an election to become Moscow mayor after being freed on (...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (attends a news conference as part of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The Group of 20 nations put growth ahead of austerity as it seeks to rebalance a multi-speed global economy, pledging to shift policy carefully so tha(...)

In defence of whistleblowers: protesters in Berlin hold masks of Edward Snowden (left) and Bradley Manning.  Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

William Faulkner’s famous line often rings true in today’s Russia: the past is never dead. It’s not even past.In his 13 years as Russia’s prime minist(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (centre) talks to the media, with his wife Yulia  standing nearby, outside a court building in Kirov. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia temporarily freed Alexei Navalny today, bending to the will of protesters who denounced the opposition leader’s five-year jail sentence as a cr(...)

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