Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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Russia’s parliament will debate a controversial law on Tuesday that could see people arrested for behaviour that is deemed to promote homosexuality

Russia set to pass strict anti-gay law that could see foreigners deported for 'sexual propaganda'

Russia’s parliament will debate a controversial law on Tuesday that could see people arrested for behaviour that is deemed to promote homosexuality.

Vladimir Putin with Lyudmila at the ballet on Thursday
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Ludmila have divorced

Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin taboo: Russian President announces divorce after 30-year marriage

Wife says President is 'completely overloaded with work'

Garry Kasparov fears being targeted in his native land

Chess grandmaster-turned-opposition politician, Gary Kasparov, ponders next move – but Russia’s out

Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster-turned-Russian opposition politician, has said that he will not return to Russia in the foreseeable future as he fears arrest.

The father of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot by the FBI during questioning over his possible involvement with the Boston bombings, has accused the US of executing his son.

Father of man shot by FBI in connection with Boston bombing claims his son was 'executed'

The father of a Chechen man who was shot dead during an FBI interview over his possible involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings has accused US authorities of “executing” his son.

Larry King handed over his CNN timeslot to Piers Morgan in 2010

American broadcaster Larry King back on the airwaves... on a Russian channel

Larry King, the veteran American broadcaster, is to host a political talk show on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded television channel.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court in 2012

The New Suffragettes: Pussy Riot are the band that dared to rock Russia’s establishment

With two of their members in prison (one on hunger strike), Pussy Riot have paid a heavy price for their principles. But their feminist message is getting through

February 24, 2012: Activists from Ukrainian women's rights movement Femen, demonstrate in front of the Versace show during Milan Fashion Week in Milan.

The New Suffragettes: Witness the bare-chested defiance of Femen

In five years, Femen’s semi-clad protests have become a globally recognised symbol of the struggle for women’s rights

Mr Lebedev is charged with hooliganism motivated by political hatred

Key witness against Lebedev 'can't testify'

Lawyers for the key witness in the case against Alexander Lebedev, the Russian businessman and financial backer of The Independent, have said he is unable to return to Russia to testify.

The trial of the businessman Alexander Lebedev has descended into farce as witnesses admitted they had been pressured into attending the court case by investigators

Alexander Lebedev witnesses say they were coerced into testifying

Court hears evidence from people who only saw the alleged assault on television

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?