News The Murmansk detention centre where 28 Greenpeace activists, a freelance photojournalist and a film maker were being held

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

Sara Wheeler: Why is Russia's Arctic closed to visitors? Who is hiding what?

I worry about Russian transparency when it comes to safety standards

Russia's flying workhorse may be banned after deadly crash

In response to a mysterious plane crash on New Year's Day, Russia is considering grounding its entire fleet of Tupolev-154s, the medium-range jetliner that was the workhorse of Soviet aviation.

Jailed Russian oil tycoon gets six more years

Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced to six more years in prison yesterday, following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of Vladimir Putin.

Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky gets six more years

Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced to six more years in prison today following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of Vladimir Putin.

Tycoon's conviction 'risks damaging trade'

Britain should warn Russia that the latest controversial conviction of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky risks damaging trade links between the two countries, a senior Tory MP said.

Former Russian oil tycoon found guilty

Jailed Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of money laundering and theft of billions of dollars on Monday at a trial that has renewed doubts about the Kremlin's commitment to the rule of law.

Leading article: A verdict that may reflect badly on Russia

The second trial of the fallen Russian oil magnate, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, expected to conclude today, is an important day for Russian justice; a test of President Medvedev's stated resolve to reform Russia's judiciary and confront its notorious political partiality.

Khodorkovsky trial to deliver verdict on Russian politics

Tycoon hated by Putin faces 14 more years in jail for allegedly stealing $25bn of oil

Hague welcomes US signing of nuclear treaty

Britain today welcomed the ratification of a US-Russian nuclear arms control treaty by the American Senate and urged Moscow to follow suit.

Leading article: A treaty that tests mutual good faith

Although voters gave the Democrats a mauling in the US midterm elections, the dog days of the current Congress are not turning out too badly for Barack Obama. Fresh from his success in the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell", he looked set yesterday for a second Senate victory: ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) with Russia. It is an achievement that is just as important, but in a very different way – not only because the necessary two-thirds majority would be far harder to achieve in the new Congress.

St Petersburg's tower to the sky fails to get off the ground

Dreamed up in the heady days of ever-rising oil prices, before the financial crisis struck, it represented the optimism and swagger of the new cash-rich Russia.

Leadership sank England bid, says Lee

England's ill-fated bid to host the 2018 World Cup was yesterday described as "less Premier League, more League One" by the Englishman behind Qatar's surprise success in being awarded the 2022 finals.

Joy for chosen ones, cold comfort for losers

There were no street parties in Moscow last night – it was minus 16 degrees after all. But motorists waved Russian tricolours as they drove along the city's main ring road, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin immediately boarded a plane to Zurich to have discussions with Fifa and congratulate the Russian bid team. For the first time in the history of the tournament, the World Cup will be held in eastern Europe. "We got it! Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup! Now we need to prepare for it. And I hope our team will do well too," wrote President Dmitry Medvedev on his Twitter feed after the vote was announced last night.

Russia revels in World Cup success

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has welcomed the news that the 2018 World Cup is coming to his country but immediately turned his focus to delivering the event.

Alistair Dawber: Pity Hillary - now she has to face the leaders insulted by America

She might have wanted to keep her head down, but instead the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday landed in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for a meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003