Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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Bolshoi dancers have recently played second fiddle to the scandals at the famous Bolshoi Theatre

Exit stage left: Russian government replaces Bolshoi boss Anatoly Iksanov

After a turbulent tenure marked by claims of corruption – and an acid attack on the artistic director – the show is finally over for the ballet's general director

The opposition politician Alexei Navalny says a “feudal system” runs Russia

Alexei Navalvy on trial: blogger denounces regime of 'scumbags'

The judge in embezzlement case has retired to consider the verdict and sentence

A bare-chested Vladimir Putin graces the front cover of 'Secrets of the Stars'

Newly single Vladimir Putin is the most wanted man in Russia

Magazine calls Russian president 'the most eligible bachelor in the country!'

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov

Chechen militant, Doku Umarov, targets Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russia’s most wanted terrorist has vowed to cause havoc at next year’s Winter Olympics in a chilling video message posted online.

Alexander Lebedev avoids jail and is sentenced to 150 hours of community service for punching fellow tycoon on Russian TV

Alexander Lebedev was found guilty of battery and sentenced to 150 hours of community service by a Moscow court this afternoon, but avoided a potential jail sentence of up to five years.

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is a gift to Russia

Edward Snowden presents Moscow with an intriguing dilemma. On the one hand, his subversion of surveillance techniques and his role as a whistleblower go against everything that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the clique of former KGB officers around him stand for. On the other hand, of course, his leaks are aimed against the US, and thus a chorus of Russian officials who would find a Russian whistleblower doing the same thing repulsive has been lining up to praise Mr Snowden.

The opposition politician Alexei Navalny launched his campaign to be elected mayor of Moscow on Monday

Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny bids to be mayor of Moscow despite 'political' charges of embezzlement

The opposition politician Alexei Navalny launched his campaign to be elected mayor of Moscow on Monday, but he could end up being sent to prison before the September vote.

Alexander Lebedev faced charges of punching the tycoon Sergei Polonsky

Jail threat recedes as Alexander Lebedev hooliganism charges are dropped

Prosecutor shocks court with late withdrawal of accusation that punches were politically motivated

Alexander Lebedev trial: A fittingly bizarre end to court case that felt like a farce

The final day of hearings in the trial of Alexander Lebedev was a fittingly bizarre end to a case that has rarely seemed to conform to normal ideas of justice.

The actor Kevin Spacey provided a character reference

Judge hears A-listers’ personal references in support of Alexander Lebedev

Kevin Spacey and John Malkovich among those to offer support as tycoon claims his punch was to ‘neutralise the threat’

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