John Gilligan upon his release from Portlaoise prison in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drug dealer John Gilligan and his wife and adult children have been unsuccessful in their challenge in Europe to the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) conf(...)

An officer of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service walks near the gate of the Penal Colony No 2, where Alexei Navalny has been transferred. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is being held in a prison camp in the Vladimir region of Russia northeast of Moscow known for its strict control of (...)

Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy  during a French TV interview in recent days. Mr Sarkozy launched a defiant offensive to clear his name after being handed a three-year sentence for corruption, lambasting the verdict and mulling a petition to Europe’s top rights court. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFPGetty

France’s voters gave their verdict on former president Nicolas Sarkozy long before last Monday’s criminal court ruling. Emanuel Macron’s presidency an(...)

Caster Semenya: South African 800m Olympic champion. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny  in a glass cell during a court hearing at the Babushkinsky district court in Moscow today. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

A Moscow court has ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to pay a fine in a defamation case. The ruling came hours after another judge rej(...)

Relatives and friends of those detained during recent rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny bring food and clothing to a detention centre on the outskirts of Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Nikolay Korzhov/AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin has denied launching a wave of repression against protesters and journalists during rallies in support of jailed Russian opposition leader(...)

 Alexei Navalny stands inside a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Moscow city court press service handout/AFP via Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 3½ years in a case that western states say is politically motivated and the anti-corrupti(...)

Yulia Navalnaya (left): Wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a hearing at the Shcherbinsky district court. She was detained at a rally for her husband. Photograph: Shcherbinsky district court press service

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny faces possible imprisonment on Tuesday for up to 3½ years, despite nationwide protests and western calls for (...)

Oleg Navalny, brother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, inside a defendant dock at the Tverskoi district court. Photograph: Handout/Press service of Tverskoy District Court of Moscow/AFP via Getty

Several close allies of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have been put under house arrest, as police warned people not to join a second round (...)

Alexei Navalny is ignored by Russian state media, but the internet has given him wide reach and allowed him to tap into widespread discontent over living standards and the failures of a remote, autocratic government. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP via Getty Images

Vladimir Putin feigns indifference towards Alexei Navalny, but his regime’s actions show just how rattled it is by the charismatic 44-year-old who has(...)

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