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A woman looks at the documentary “Homeward Bound”. Putin said he was ready to put the country’s nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev. Speaking in a documentary aired on state TV in Russia  a year after the takeover of the Black Sea Peninsula from Ukraine, Putin showed the lengths he was willing to go. Photo: Dmitry  Serebryakovditry/AFP/Getty Images.

Moscow was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to ensure Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin said in (...)

Vladimir Putin: one rumour claimed he had died, another that cosmetic surgery had gone wrong, and another placed him in Switzerland for the birth of a secret lovechild. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Since Vladimir Putin vanished from public life 10 days ago, the speculation surrounding the Russian president has been nothing if not dramatic. One ru(...)

People lay flowers at the spot where Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin on Grand Moskvorestsky bridge in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

A mound of rain-drenched flowers still marks the place on the bridge near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was shot dea(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The leaders in Moscow and Pyongyang appear to have much in the way of common cause. Photograph: Reuters

Russia and North Korea have announced that they will deepen economic and political ties under the banner of a “year of friendship” – a development tha(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin looks on during a news conference in Budapest, Hungary, last month. When asked on Thursday if Mr  Putin is healthy, a Kremlin spokesman replied ‘Yes.’ Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that president Vladimir Putin is in good health, but could not say when he would next appear in publi(...)

Zaur Dadayev,  who is charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, looks out from a defendants’ cage inside a court building in Moscow, this week.  Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

A former law enforcement officer charged with involvement in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has claimed that he was forced to confess(...)

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(...)

Zaur Dadayev, charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, looks out from a cage  inside a court building in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

A court in Moscow has charged two men with involvement in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician, and ordered three other su(...)

An unidentified suspect (L), detained over the killing of Boris Nemtsov, is escorted while entering a court building in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

Russian authorities have charged two men with involvement in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, one of whom served in a police unit in Chechn(...)

A portrait of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and flowers are pictured at the site where he was killed, with St Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Two suspects have been detained in relation to the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. “I would like to inform you that the work that h(...)

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