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Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

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.

Osmayev after his arrest, his injuries covered with iodine

Trial of public schoolboy behind plot to kill Vladimir Putin is fixed, warns his wife

Russian security services feared to be  behind charges

Adam Osmayev as a school boy

'Adam Osmayev told me he'd be the president one day - and drank all my cider'

Cahal Milmo meets the man assigned to be Adam Osmayev’s guardian in Britain

Chechnya: Russia closes paper after journalists laugh at Vladimir Putin

A Chechen newspaper has been closed down just hours after its editor-in-chief embarrassed the region’s Kremlin-backed leader while questioning Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov is said to have arranged the killing of Anna Politkovskaya at her Moscow flat

Murdered Russian journalist's son seeks 'open trial' of former policeman

The family of a murdered journalist expressed cynicism as the trial of a former police officer implicated in her killing began in Moscow.

Bloody rule: Uganda's Lord Resistance Army

The Night Wanderers, By Wojciech Jagielski, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones

This devastating reportage from Uganda's dirty wars takes the side of the children who suffer.

13 killed in Russia 'insurgent' attacks

At least 13 people have been killed and scores more injured in two powerful explosions in Russia's restive North Caucasus.

Britain urged to confront Russia over human rights

Britain is being urged to confront Russia over its human rights record today when it chairs a high-level conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Elena Milashina: The journalist was kicked and punched last night by unknown assailants in the Moscow suburb where she lives

Investigative reporter beaten up in Moscow

A prominent Russian journalist has become the latest reporter from Novaya Gazeta newspaper to be attacked. She was beaten late last night by unknown assailants in the Moscow suburb where she lives.

Russian exiles 'behind killing of journalist'

A former policeman arrested over the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya has claimed that London-based anti-Kremlin exiles were behind her murder, according to a Russian newspaper report yesterday.

Prove you gave away Chechen money, charities tell Hilary Swank

Actress under pressure to reveal what happened to payment for singing at warlord's birthday

Back to La Source: Opera National de Paris breathes new life into a forgotten hit

In these straitened times a new full-length classical ballet is a rarity, so the Opera National de Paris deserves praise for breathing new life into a forgotten hit from the 19th-century. With music by Delibes and Minkus, and costumes by Christian Lacroix, La Source – the spring – is a version of the Rusalka legend set in what is now Chechnya. When it premiered in 1866, its exotic locale was part of its appeal.

Man who tried to trip stabbing suspect fears he'll lose benefits

The passer-by who tried to trip a fleeing youth moments after a man was stabbed at the Notting Hill Carnival has revealed he fears his bravery may cost him his disability allowance.

Eight killed in Chechnya suicide bombings

Russia's top investigative body says eight people including seven policeman have died after suicide bombings in the capital of Chechnya.

Chechnya: Eight die in suicide bomb attack

Eight people, seven of them police, were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Chechnya's capital Grozny yesterday during celebrations at the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

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