Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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The opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he is preparing for a prison term

Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he will not flee 'politically motivated' embezzlement trial

The opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he is preparing for a prison term, a week before a provincial court is due to try him on charges of embezzling more than £300,000 of funds from a timber company.

Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, says he has identified the people who posted mocking videos on YouTube

Ramzan Kadyrov hits back at YouTube mockery of burning skyscraper

Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, says he has identified the people who posted mocking videos on YouTube when Grozny’s tallest building caught fire last week. He added that they have been arrested and will be forced to take part in rebuilding the skyscraper.

A man takes a picture of a burning skyscraper in central Grozny, Chechnya, yesterday

Gerard Depardieu's new home up in flames as fire engulfs skyscraper in Chechnya

A Dubai-style skyscraper, opened to great fanfare in Chechnya two years ago and part of the complex housing the apartment of Gerard Depardieu, the French actor turned Russian citizen, has gone up in flames.

Alexei Navalny has won support among Russians tired of official corruption

Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny to stand trial for fraud in 'fabricated' case

Accused is known for his investigations into corrupt dealings by officials and his campaigning against Putin

In February Russian President Vladmir Putin told the FSB security services to monitor foreign backed NGOs

Russia orders tax police to raid foreign charities and human rights watchdogs

In February Putin told the FS B security services to monitor foreign backed NGOs

Postcard from... Zagreb

Putin in surprise support for Cyprus bailout as Russians shop around for other options

Russia has put aside its anger over what it sees as an unfair levy on major deposits held in Cypriot banks, and agreed to support Europe’s bailout of the island by refinancing a major loan to the country. The usually hawkish President Vladimir Putin had no sharp rhetoric for the EU or Cyprus today, but instead confirmed that Russia would backstop the EU bailout by restructuring a €2.5bn loan first extended two years ago.

Boris Berezovsky rose to prominence as a key ally of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, pictured together here in 1998
Scorer Mario Mandzukic tackles Serbia’s Ivan Radovanovic

Croatia 2 Serbia 0 match report: peace breaks
out in World Cup Qualifier as Croatia win pitch battle in the Balkans

This was a settling of scores of epic proportions between two nations who two decades ago were at war

Police battle rioting fans when violence erupts at a football match between fans of Red Star Belgrade and Dynamo Zagreb Yugoslavia in 1990

Croatia v Serbia the rematch: memories of riots, battles and war crimes

Eighteen years ago they were engaged in one of Europe's most bloody conflicts since the end of the Second World War. Now, they meet on the football pitch for the first time as independent states

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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried