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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

Medvedev reignites war of words over blame for Georgia conflict

Three years after the short, bitter war that left hundreds dead and redrew the map of the Caucasus, Russia and Georgia have been trading insults and accusations over what happened in the run-up to the conflict.

Nine die as party boat sinks in Moscow river

Nine people died early yesterday when an overcrowded party boat crashed into a docked barge on the Moscow river and sank. The accident comes three weeks after the sinking of a cruise ship prompted President Dmitry Medvedev to demand that all passenger transport in the country should be inspected.

Tsar of the show: Can the Bolshoi Theatre recover from a controversial $700m refurbishment?

Shaun Walker tours a playhouse where politics has played a starring role

Prison officials investigated over lawyer's death

Investigators began a criminal investigation into two prison officials yesterday over their suspected role in the death of a jailed lawyer, who claimed to have uncovered a £145m tax fraud by corrupt Russian officers.

A new model army tears its clothes off for 'amazing' Putin

Young women across Russia have been called on to show their support for Vladimir Putin in an unusual way: by ripping off their clothes. The unexpected campaign has been launched by a group calling itself the Putin Army, which posted a slick video online at the weekend featuring a trio of young women announcing a competition.

Putin kicks off campaign to lionise a ruthless predecessor

Vladimir Putin has launched a programme to lionise Pyotr Stolypin, a Tsarist-era Russian prime minister who was known for his ruthless methods. Monuments will be built to the statesman to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth and streets and even a university will be renamed after him.

Negligence inquiry after Russian cruise disaster

A criminal negligence investigation has been launched into the sinking of a cruise vessel on the Volga River that killed scores of people, many of them children.

Russia mourns cruise ship deaths

Boats in the Volga River blew a long and melancholy blast on their horns at noon today in a sign of mourning for the victims of a cruise vessel that sank while crowded with holiday-makers.

128 feared dead in Volga river tragedy

Russia said there was little hope of finding any more people alive on after an overloaded tourist boat sank in the Volga River, killing as many as 128 people in Russia's worst river accident in three decades.

Lawyer beaten in Moscow jail just hours before he died

An investigation into the death of Sergei Magnitsky in custody has suggested that the 37-year-old lawyer was beaten by eight prison guards with truncheons shortly before he died.

Most wanted: Billy the Kid photo sells for $2.3m

What is believed to be the only surviving authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid fetched $2.3m (£1.4m) at an auction in Denver, Colorado.

Scores killed after Soviet-era airliner crashes in thick fog

Eight survivors of a Russian plane crash that killed 44 people were in a critical condition yesterday, as the country came to terms with another tragedy involving an ageing Soviet Tupelov aircraft.

Dmitry Medvedev dodges Vladimir Putin question over decision to run for Kremlin

The Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, has said he wants to stand for a second term in the Kremlin, but also conceded that he will not run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in elections due next March.

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