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30 men and women detained in September when Arctic Sunrise stormed by Russian military are being transported from remote northern city of Murmansk

Firefighters spray water on the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine

Russia nuclear submarine fire put out

Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine as some crew members remain inside, officials say.

An estimated 100,000 people joined the rally in Moscow to demand democratic reforms

Putin rules out election re-run

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has rejected demands from growing numbers of protesters for a re-run of the fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

Putin is losing his grip on the televised media

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Following protests and online activity, the Russian media are increasingly reporting the truth. By Jonathan Brown

Putin is losing his grip on the televised media

Why the Russian revolution is being televised at last

The mass protests over alleged vote-rigging may have signalled the end of propaganda as TV news

People shout during an authorized opposition protest in Moscow against the alleging mass fraud in the parliamentary polls

Russian mass protests over alleged election fraud

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia today to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule and a rerun of a parliamentary election in the biggest opposition protests since he rose to power more than a decade ago.

Dmitry Medvedev speaks to young scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management in October 2011

Mary Dejevsky: Russia Notebook, Part 3

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Putin's come back

Putin plays to the crowd as he prepares presidential return

Vladimir Putin accused the West of meddling in Russian politics yesterday, in a carefully choreographed event during which he was officially nominated by his United Russia party to run for a return to the presidency next year.

12 more years of Putin? No thanks, say Russians in musical protests

The song asks pertinent questions: why is there a hole in the budget? Who stoleGazprom?

Russians seem resigned to Putin's big return

A few were ecstatic; some were distraught and said they would emigrate. But away from the flag-waving of the United Russia party congress and the hand-wringing of the liberals on Twitter, most Russians simply shrugged at the news that Vladimir Putin is on his way back to the Kremlin.

Putin announces plan to return as Russian president

All-action premier is moving back into the top job – and could hold power for almost as long as Stalin

Russia's lost heroes: Nation mourns a sporting tragedy

Vigil held for ice hockey team wiped out in air crash

North Korean leader tells Russia he is ready to halt nuclear tests

Pyongyang is ready to suspend its nuclear missile tests if international talks on its atomic programme resume, a spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said after his rare meeting yesterday with North Korea's reclusive leader, Kim Jong il.

North Korean leader arrives in Russia to meet Medvedev

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in Russia's Far East today and will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev during a visit expected to last a week, the Kremlin said. It is Kim's first trip to the country in nine years and a further sign of Pyongyang's increasing efforts to reach out for economic assistance and diplomatic support.

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