News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

Greenpeace activists target Real Madrid press conference, leaving Carlo Ancelotti looking bemused

Champions League sponsor Gazprom were the target

Greenpeace Arctic 30: Two more Brits granted bail in Russia

Seven more Greenpeace activists arrested by the Russian authorities in a protest against drilling in the Arctic have been granted bail, including two Britons - Frank Hewetson from London and Iain Rogers from Exeter.

Vince Cable will use his talks in Russia to address concerns over the activists' treatment

Cable to address Greenpeace protesters’ arrests in Russia

Business Secretary Vince Cable has promised to use talks with Russian government ministers to highlight UK concerns about the case of Greenpeace protesters awaiting trial for alleged “hooliganism”.

Dutch royal family pelted with tomatoes in Russian opposition protest

Two activists arrested for fruit-based attack on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima - though none of the projectiles hit their targets

Russian energy company Gazprom

Will Gazprom face $15bn fine? EU Competition Commissioner starts legal moves over pricing allegations

Russia stands accused of using its gas as a foreign policy tool

Greenpeace activists hold a demonstration during the Champions League match between Basel and Schalke

Arctic protest banner by Greenpeace receives frosty reception from authorities during Champions League match

Uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against FC Basel after four abseiling environmentalists stopped play during fixture against Schalke

A Russian Coast Guard officer points a gun at a Greenpeace activist as others attempt to climb the Prirazlomnaya oil platform

President Putin: Greenpeace activists were 'obviously' not pirates

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said "it was completely obvious" Greenpeace activists currently detained over an Artic drilling protest were not pirates, despite Russian authorities announcing on Tuesday that investigators were considering piracy charges.

Armed Russian security officers storm Greenpeace ship and hold 30 activists at gunpoint, environmental group says

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'

Sergei Magnitsky and Bill Browder

Russia asks Interpol to monitor movements of British hedge fund boss Bill Browder

Magnitsky campaigner may be tracked by policing body

British hedge fund manager, William Browder, is a wanted man in Russia

Russian prosecutors have asked a court to issue an international arrest warrant for William Browder, the millionaire British hedge fund manager who has become a major thorn in the Kremlin’s side over his criticism and exposés of official corruption.

Cyprus bailout - the Russian angle: Vladimir Putin hits out at 'unjust and dangerous' bank levy

Easy visa access and lax banking regulations have made Cyprus a favoured tax haven for Russian businessmen

Serbian government vows to help debt-ridden giants Red Star and Partizan

The Serbian government will help refinance debt-ridden soccer giants Red Star and Partizan Belgrade and have appointed managers to temporarily run Red Star, the Balkan country's deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said.

I’ll happily wager Russians will have a new capital by mid-century

Moscow's time is running out - St Petersburg's renovation has brought the city a renewed sense of dignity and civic pride

Activists storm Russian Prirazlomnaya oil rig

Greenpeace says its activists have stormed a floating oil rig in Russia's Pechora Sea to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Sochi, the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, has opened its slopes

Sochi: All white in this Black Sea ski resort

The venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, has opened its slopes up to British skiers. Adrian Mourby gives it a test run

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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