'Polish policy led to the disaster in September 1939, because during the 1930s Poland repeatedly blocked the formation of a coalition against Hitler's Germany'
For 150 years the railway line between Moscow and St Petersburg ran as straight as an arrow for 403 miles. Straight, but for one big bend near Novgorod. The story goes that Tsar Nicholas was so fed up of officials dithering over the route that he plonked a ruler on the map and drew a straight line between the two cities, accidentally drawing around his finger in the process. Too terrified to point out his error, the builders constructed the railway with the Tsar's bump in place.
But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’
But government needs to 'limit appetite' of agency with clear ground rules
The two countries’ leaders reached agreement at talks in the Kremlin that appeared to begin frostily but ended with them laughing at a ceremony where documents were signed on reducing trade barriers
Arguments and demands of president and his government “have no grounds in reality”
The corridors of Russian power are studied through the history of the Kremlin
The Tatarstan Airlines plane was making a second attempt to land when it exploded, killing 50, including British woman Donna Bull
En route to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the torch relay through Russia passed members of the Nivkh ethnic group.
Some analysts interpret Moscow delegation's trip as a shot across Washington's bows
A former teacher whose Russian ex-husband refused to return their two sons after they went for a visit to Russia has suffered a setback in her landmark legal fight to win them back.
Lon Snowden expresses gratitude to Russia and Putin for providing safe haven to the NSA whistleblower
A jailed member of the punk band Pussy Riot has launched a hunger strike to protest against living conditions in prison which she says “treat women like cattle”.
Activists have issued a plea to Vladimir Putin to order the Coast Guard - a branch of Russia's Federal Security Service - to 'holster their guns'