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A martyoshka doll showing Donald Trump, US  president elect, left, sits beside a doll showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, dressed as a military pilot, in a souvenir store in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke into applause when the result of (...)

A vendor sells corn on the cob and noodles on the last day of Eid al-Adha celebrations in the rebel-held besieged town of Hamouriyeh, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.  Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Russia and a war monitor said the Syrian army had begun to withdraw from a road into Aleppo on Thursday, a prerequisite for pressing ahead with intern(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in December: File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing and(...)

Russian  president Vladimir Putin broadcasts a speech to Moscow’s Red Square during Friday’s  festive concert marking the second anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

The European Union has urged more states to impose sanctions on Russia for seizing Crimea from Ukraine, as Russian president Vladimir Putin visited th(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow last October. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Monday “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, and instructed his diplomats(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin went to the rescue of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ordered Russian air strikes on Syria last autumn, defenc(...)

 The body of a woman killed during shelling lies on a street in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on  February 10th, 2015. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 9,000 people. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The United Nations has warned of grave humanitarian problems and rights abuses in eastern Ukraine, and highlighted the continued flow of Russian weapo(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

Soldiers during exercises at the Kuzminsky military training ground near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has declared that all military deaths will be classified as state secrets not just in times of war but also in peace – a move that acti(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremlin has asserted until now – prompted the region’s annexation from Ukraine. Photograph: EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremli(...)

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