Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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The joke’s on me – Chechen leader is double the trouble in online hoax

As if one Ramzan Kadyrov were not trouble enough, for a while this week it appeared that the world might have to deal with two of them. Chechnya's controversial president posted a number of photographs on his Instagram account laughing and joking with a body double. Both men were dressed in the same outfits and bore such a close resemblance to each other that it was impossible to tell which was which.

Liz Hurley and Gerard Depardieu are seen being shown around Grozny by Ramzan Kadyrov in the Instagram photos he put online

Don’t mention the human rights abuses! When Gérard Depardieu and Liz Hurley went to Chechnya

The actors are in Grozny to talk about their new movie – and nothing else. Shaun Walker joins the roadshow

Alexander Lebedev says charges are 'fabricated'

The businessman Alexander Lebedev told a Russian court that he did not understand the accusations against him of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” that could see him jailed for up to five years.

Vladimir Lenin is once again on display to visitors in Moscow's Red Square as mausoleum reopens

Shaun Walker meets the Communist party faithful as the Soviet leader goes back on display

Police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in St. Petersburg

Russia: The country that hates gay people

A homosexual man tortured to death. A TV star sacked after coming out on air. How did Russia end up like this?

Red-handed? Russia ‘catches CIA spy on Moscow recruitment mission’

Shaun Walker on the scarcely believable tale of the wig-wearing diplomat expelled from Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrive to address the media after their meeting in Sochi

'History of Syria being written in blood of its people' says David Cameron after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin

But talks appeared to provide little concrete progress in search for solution to the crisis

Postcard from... Moscow

Vladislav Surkov was responsible for modernising the Russian economy at Mr Putin’s behest

A last audience for Vladimir Putin's 'grey cardinal' as the architect of Kremlin policy, Vladislav Surkov, quits

The man behind Russia’s tightly controlled political system, has resigned – but did he jump or was he pushed?

John Kerry at St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square yesterday

Russia and US agree to hold Syrian peace conference

Regime and rebels will be invited to attend after John Kerry strikes deal with Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

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