A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

Vladimir Putin’s 20 years of political repression and gross corruption have delivered no great innovation. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/ Sputnik/ Kremlin via EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin thumbs his nose at western opinion of the occupation of Crimea, murder attempts on his critics, Moscow’s meddling in (...)

Then Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and US vice-president Joe Biden with their delegations at a meeting in Moscow in 2011. Photograph:   Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images

When Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, Russian MPs literally popped Champagne corks in parliament at the thought of a US president full of pra(...)

The British establishment failed to grasp the nature of Russia’s transformation under Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky

Negligence. Greed. Fear of damaging relationships. Over-stretched spy agencies. A simple lack of curiosity. These were among the reasons that success(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the International Libya Conference in Berlin in January. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/ EPA/ Sputnik/ Kremlin

Boris Johnson’s 10-month delay in releasing the Russia report from Westminster’s intelligence and security committee led many to expect a smoking gun (...)

The Israeli right believes it must seize the moment presented by a US president who broke with decades of US policy on the Middle East. File photograph: Getty Images

Even allowing for the upheaval wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced governments and their citizens to turn their gaze inward, a plan to (...)

Ponder High School graduates sit in chairs six feet apart for their  their graduation ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday. Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP

Donald Trump has doubled down on his calls for the US to accelerate the reopening of its economy, as he suggested that next month’s G7 summit could ta(...)

 File image of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. File photograph: Ronen Zvulun/AFP via Getty Images

The EU is calculating its strategy on how to respond to a new Israeli government it fears may move to annex territory in the occupied West Bank, ignit(...)

 Florence Nightingale: born on May 12th, 1820.  Photograph: Getty Images

Of the 110,000 British soldiers who took part in the Crimean War between October 1853 and February 1856, about 2,700 were killed in battle, 2,000 othe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Covid-19 crisis has derailed a national vote  that would allow him to extend his rule beyond 2024.  Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik

Vladimir Putin has backed calls to begin easing a national lockdown despite a steady growth in Covid-19 cases, as a poll showed the pandemic has drive(...)

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