Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.
21 June 2013 04:38 PM
The court trying Alexander Lebedev on charges of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” heard testimony from martial arts experts today, in another surreal twist in a case that has often bordered on farce. Mr Lebedev, Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, is on trial for punching fellow tycoon Sergei Polonsky on a 2011 television programme and could be jailed for up to five years in jail if convicted.
20 June 2013 06:04 PM
Five men accused of involvement in contract killing of investigative journalist facing new trial
18 June 2013 06:47 PM
The Duma has unanimously approved a bill that will prevent gay foreign couples, as well as single people from countries where gay marriage is legal, from adopting Russian orphans. The law comes after Russia banned all adoptions by US citizens this year, in retaliation against US sanctions on certain Russian officials.
17 June 2013 10:45 PM
PM to visit dictatorship that is expected to play key role in Afghanistan military withdrawal
16 June 2013 06:14 PM
The controversial property tycoon Sergei Polonsky, key witness in an ongoing trial against fellow Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, is now wanted by Russian authorities over a massive alleged fraud. Mr Polonsky, who earlier this year skipped bail in Cambodia, where he was awaiting trial for assaulting local sailors, is now also on Russia’s wanted list.
14 June 2013 07:08 PM
Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut, is now an MP for Putin’s party. But he wouldn’t like what she says about communism
14 June 2013 12:41 PM
Top Kremlin aide: 'It would be hard even to call them facts'
'Who you sleep with is a personal choice': Oligarch Mikhai Prokhorov criticises Russia's 'gay propaganda' law
13 June 2013 01:56 PM
Mikhai Prokhorov, the oligarch and politician often referred to as “Russia’s most eligible bachelor”, has criticised the controversial “gay propaganda” law passed overwhelmingly by Russia’s parliament earlier this week.
11 June 2013 07:51 PM
President Vladimir Putin took a tour of the shiny new studio complex of Russia Today, the English-language television channel funded by the Kremlin, and spent an hour answering questions from a number of its journalists during a round-table interview.
11 June 2013 07:49 PM
Gay activists attacked and arrested for protesting against bill that will ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ aimed at young people
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
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