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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(...)

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny (centre) stands yesterday inside a courtroom in Kirov where he was sentenced to five years in jail for theft. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

The European Union and United States have led sweeping condemnation of the jailing of Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader and fierce critic of(...)

The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its advice for gay and lesbian Irish citizens travelling to Russia to reflect recent anti-gay laws introduced there.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its advice for gay and lesbian Irish citizens travelling to Russia to reflect recent anti-gay laws intro(...)

Alexei Navalny walks into the courtroom to attend a hearing in Kirov, today. He was convicted of stealing from a state timber company, a verdict that could prevent him challenging Vladimir Putin for the presidency. Prosecutors have asked the court to jail Navalny for six years, a term that would keep him in prison until after the next presidential election in 2018. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail for theft today, an unexpectedly tough punishment which his supporters said (...)

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