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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

Putin's chief of staff is anointed as Moscow's likely new mayor

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff was nominated yesterday as Moscow's next mayor, a move seen as bringing the capital's sizable political and business interests under the direct control of the Kremlin.

Dagestan: Russia's Islamic enemy within

Shaun Walker reports from Dagestan on a generation willing to give up their lives for the fight against Moscow

William Hague warms up Russian relations

Britain and Russia "have had some serious differences" in the past but should seek to resolve their issues through "dialogue and diplomacy", Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday as he sought to rebuild the UK's battered relationship with Moscow.

Moscow wants Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscle

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Moscow yesterday and ended up being offered the mayoralty of the city by the Russian President.

Mayor ousted for corruption plots return to Moscow political fray

The powerful former mayor of Moscow says he plans to form a new political movement to bring democracy back to Russia, nearly one week after he was fired by President Dmitry Medvedev.

Alexander Lebedev: I have fought for years to bring Luzhkov's corruption to light

I have a long history with Yuri Luzhkov. I ran against him for the job of Moscow Mayor in 2003, shortly before elections for regional leaders in Russia were abolished. I have spent the years since attempting to bring evidence of the corruption and abuses of power that took place under Mr Luzhkov's rule to light.

Mayor of Moscow sacked after lengthy power struggle with Medvedev

Veteran accused of awarding lucrative construction deals to his wife is ousted after 18 years in office

Moscow Mayor 'will not quit'

Moscow's long-serving Mayor Yuri Luzhkov defied the Kremlin yesterday, saying he had no plans to resign, effectively challenging his main critic President Dmitry Medvedev to back off or sack him. Mr Luzhkov, Russia's most powerful regional politician, has angered the Kremlin by criticising Mr Medvedev.

Medvedev bans weapon sales to Iran

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree prohibiting the delivery of S-300 air defence missile systems and other weapons to Iran, the Kremlin said yesterday.

Mayor who fell foul of Kremlin flees Moscow

Politician 'caught in power struggle between Medvedev and Putin'

Opposition unites against Putin – for the time being

Russia's fractured democratic opposition announced plans to unite yesterday, with the goal of offering a single candidate to stand for presidential elections due in 2012, and breaking the stranglehold of Vladimir Putin over Russian politics.

Deal opens Arctic up to exploration

Russia and Norway ended a 40-year dispute yesterday when they signed an Arctic border treaty which opens the door to a joint exploration of offshore oil and gas reserves.

The next Russian Revolution

Just because Starbucks has come to Moscow doesn't mean that citizens of the biggest nation on earth enjoy real political freedom - and now they are ready to do something about it. Mary Dejevsky reports

Combative Putin drops fresh hint over plans to stand for third term as President

Prime Minister insists another stint would not harm Russian constitution. Mary Dejevsky reports from Sochi

Valentina Matviyenko: Meet Russia's Thatcher, the chemist who could end up in the Kremlim

Russia's next presidential election is not until 2012, but speculation is already rife about whether Dmitry Medvedev will try for a second term or whether his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, will want to reclaim his old job. The one thing almost everyone can agree on is that they will not stand against each other. But there might just be a third way, and that third way could give Russia its very own Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel.

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