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Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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US ‘will not scramble jets’ to fetch NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says Barack Obama

Speaking in Senegal at start of his African tour, US president tries to calm frenzy surrounding NSA whistleblower, currently believed to be in Moscow

Kremlin suspends election watchdog for failing to register as 'foreign agent' under controversial new law

Russia’s only independent election monitoring group has been shut down for six months after failing to register as a “foreign agent” under a controversial new law. The legislation requires any organisation receiving funds from abroad to label itself a “foreign agent”, or face fines and closure.

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for now whistleblower is grounded at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

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Postcard from... Moscow

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Vladimir Putin confirms Edward Snowden is still in Moscow airport and blocks US extradition demands, as Venezuela says it would consider asylum request

Russian President says former CIA employee remains a free man, and the sooner he chooses destination the better

The Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev

Verdict expected early next week over charge against Alexander Lebedev

The judge presiding over the trial of Alexander Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, expects to reach a verdict early next week. Mr Lebedev is accused of "hooliganism motivated by political hatred", over throwing a pair of punches at fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky during a 2011 television programme. He could go to jail for up to five years if Judge Andrei Bakhvalov finds him guilty.

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in

Flight SU150 from Moscow arrives in Cuba without Edward Snowden - but Ecuador confirms NSA whistleblower is seeking asylum

Julian Assange says Snowden is 'in a safe place and his spirits are high'

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in

Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for whistleblower is still at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in
Fili rugby club training at their grounds in west Moscow

Moscow maul: Russians are finally falling in love with rugby

After decades of indifference to the game, Russia is embracing rugby – it's even hosting a major world tournament next week. Shaun Walker reports from the touchline.

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