Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Independent.

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Russia drops inquiry into death of Sergei Magnitsky

Investigators have dropped an inquiry  into the death in jail of Sergei Magnitsky, stating that the whistleblowing lawyer’s agonising death, which became an international scandal, was not the result of malpractice.

Alexander Litvinenko; Andrei Lugovoy said he would take no further steps to clear his name

Alexander Litvinenko murder suspect to avoid taking part in inquest

Andrei Lugovoy said he had 'lost all faith in the opportunity of an unbiased investigation in Britain'

Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the scam, died in police custody

Chaos in Moscow court for trial of dead whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky as legal team fail to show

There was mayhem in a tiny courtroom in Moscow today after one of the most controversial trials in recent Russian history – that of the deceased whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky – failed to start.

Mr Filin leaves hospital last month after the 17 January attack

'Puppetmaster' of acid attack on ballet director Sergei Filin still at large, says Bolshoi boss

The director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre has claimed that the “real puppetmaster” of the acid attack on the theatre’s artistic director is still at large.

Russian police arrest man over acid attack on Bolshoi director Sergei Filin

42-year-old ballet boss was attacked with sulphuric acid by hooded assailant in January

To prove a political point, President Mikheil Saakashvili drove the car, which he says is his personal vehicle paid for with his own money, to Tbilisi airport ahead of an official visit to neighbouring Azerbaijan

President who drove himself to the airport – with his wife as a guard

Georgian leader takes to road in protest at jibes over his opulence – and security he can’t trust

Moscow anger at UK decision to give controversial banker Andrei Borodin asylum

A controversial Russian banker has been granted political asylum in Britain in a move which is likely to increase tension between London and Moscow.

President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-smoking bill into law yesterday

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-smoking bill into law today that looks set to transform Russian public life. The legislation will see smoking outlawed in government buildings and other public institutions from this summer, and in all restaurants, bars and cafes from next year.

Gerard Depardieu wears a Soviet-style ushanka in Grozny, where he was welcomed by the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechen despot Ramzan Kadyrov greets new best friend Gérard Depardieu with pies, songs and dance

Torture allegations no problem to the French-born, newly Russian actor as he cosies up to Kadyrov

Chechen links Vladimir Putin plot trial to row with Ramzan Kadyrov

The British-educated Chechen man accused of plotting to kill Vladimir Putin has given his version of events to the Ukrainian court where he is standing trial.

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