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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

Go forth and multiply, Medvedev tells his declining population

Russia's president called on his citizens to go forth and multiply yesterday, promising bonuses for families who have three or more children.

Pressure on US as Clinton faces flak at summit

It will get personal very quickly for Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State. While all of Washington scrambled yesterday to contain the fallout from the leak of secret diplomatic cables, she will have some face-to-face explaining to do when she arrives at a European security summit in Kazakhstan tomorrow.

Leading article: Nato is finally in transition, but what is it actually for?

Leaders of the North Atlantic alliance will today conclude a two-day summit that was billed by the Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as one of the most important in its history. Held in Lisbon, it has three main agenda items: agreement on a new Strategic Concept, the war in Afghanistan, and relations with Russia, including revised plans for a missile defence system. This disparate collection of priorities can be seen either as justification for Nato's continued existence or as proof that the alliance is out of time and has lost its way.

Russian lawyer who died in jail is accused of fraud by ministry

A year after the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who claimed to have uncovered huge corruption in Russia's Interior Ministry, officials from the same ministry claimed this week that Mr Magnitsky himself was implicated in the fraud.

Medvedev demands spy agency changes

Russia's president has suggested that changes to the country's spy agency are coming in the wake of this summer's arrest of agents in the US and a report that a top Russian intelligence officer helped capture them.

'Contract out' on agent who betrayed Chapman

Russia has identified the double agent who betrayed its US spy ring over the summer and has sent a contract killer to assassinate him, according to a newspaper report published yesterday.

Second Russian reporter severely assaulted

A second reporter who wrote about a controversial road-building project outside Moscow has been badly beaten up. The assault came two days after another leading journalist was attacked, causing a national uproar.

Russian outrage over new attack on journalist

The Russian authorities yesterday faced demands to prosecute the attackers of a journalist branded a "traitor" by a youth organisation linked to the country's ruling party.

Police raid bank of Russian media tycoon Lebedev

Armed police officers swarmed into the Moscow headquarters today of a bank belonging to Russian media tycoon Alexander Lebedev, the owner of The Independent and the new i title, who watched helplessly as they rifled through company files, his spokesman and police said.

Russia raises its price to rescue Nato from Afghan quagmire

Russia is setting out tougher terms for Nato, in return for its assistance in Afghanistan, with demands that the Alliance restricts the number of troops it bases in member countries which were former members of the Warsaw Pact. Moscow has agreed in principle to supply "several dozen" military helicopters and has started training Afghan security forces. Talks are also under way for Nato to bring in arms and ammunition through Russian territory as an alternative to a Pakistani route, which has come under repeated Taliban attack.

Anne Penketh: Nato's siren song may well drown out Moscow's bitter experience

If the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is indeed tempted to consider the blandishments of Nato, my advice to him would be: don't even think about it.

Leading article: Nato's Afghan endgame begins with a helping hand from Russia

A formal deal with Russia was always likely to be explored by the Western military alliance

Moscow's new mayor pledges to curb corruption

Moscow's new mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, a long-time lieutenant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, took office yesterday and vowed to curb the corruption and excessive bureaucracy he said was stifling development.

Rupert Cornwell: As presidential mishaps go, this one takes 'the biscuit'

It has been dubbed "most dangerous handbag in the world" (and not because it weighs in at 45lb). More commonly though – and testament to the pervasiveness of sporting metaphors in American life – it is known simply as "the football". It is the briefcase containing the Pentagon's plans to launch a nuclear attack, and it is supposed always to be with a President when he leaves the White House.

Russia honours Anna Chapman and fellow spies

The Russian spies deported from the United States in July have received top state awards in a ceremony at the Kremlin.

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