News Policemen walk at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi 18 January, 2014. UK officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Olympics.

Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

The Islamist threat to the Winter Games in Sochi is real

In the short term, Vladimir Putin will deal with the terrorist threat to his showcase Games by tightening a formidable range of security measures already in place

Vladimir Putin will happily let Obama sweat it out alone in Syria

There is many a cautionary tale for Arab leaders – and for arrogant Western ones – about Moscow’s dealings with the Middle East

Anna, by Badac Theatre company

Edinburgh 2013: Anna, a harrowing, uncomfortable drama from Badac Theatre; and Who Wants to Kill Yulia Tymoshenko?

Anna, Summerhall

Who Wants to Kill Yulia Tymoshenko?, Assembly Roxy

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov

Chechen militant, Doku Umarov, targets Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russia’s most wanted terrorist has vowed to cause havoc at next year’s Winter Olympics in a chilling video message posted online.

Anna Politkovskaya: The journalist was shot in Moscow in October 2006

Chechens face second trial in Anna Politkovskaya murder case

Five men accused of involvement in contract killing of investigative journalist facing new trial

More than six years after Politkovskaya (right) was shot at her Moscow apartment building, Rustam Makhmudov (left), the suspected killer, two of his brothers and two other defendants, including his uncle, face murder charges for the second time

Anna Politkovskaya murder trial is rerun six years after fatal shooting of anti-corruption journalist

Russia began a second bid to convict the suspected killers of prominent Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya at a pre-trial hearing on Monday, but her family said the question of who ordered the murder was unlikely to emerge from the case.

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

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have agreed to increase cooperation on counter-terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, according to the Kremlin

Kremlin: Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agree greater counter-terrorism cooperation in the wake of Boston Marathon bombing

Chechen leader criticises Boston police for killing one of the suspects

Ramzan Kadyrov says the ‘root of the evil’ should be sought in America

Boston Marathon bombing: Independence, not Islam, has driven Chechnya's rebels

Violence has traditionally been aimed at Russia rather than the West

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, one of the Boston bombing suspects

'I don’t have a single American friend': Photo essay titled 'Will Box For Passport' reveals profile of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Photo essay reveals suspected bomber's aspirations to compete for America in the Olympics if he is naturalised

Second suspect of Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev

From Boston to Chechnya to Moscow: the chain of terror that unites US and Russia

Fear of Islamic extremism is a rare bridging link between the US and Russia

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.

'You’re an ass!': Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov uses PA system to insult referee

Controversial leader refuses to apologise to official

Depardieu said one of the reasons he moved was because of the quality of meat at his local butcher

Tax rates? It was the meat that made me move to Belgium, says Gerard Depardieu

When the French actor Gérard Depardieu packed his bags and headed over the border to set up home in Belgium last year, everyone assumed he was trying to escape a new 75 per cent wealth tax introduced by President François Hollande.

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

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