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.

Gas pipeline plan given green light by Turkey

Turkey has given it the go-ahead for the construction of a gas pipeline under the Black Sea, Russia's energy giant Gazprom said.

Hopes fade for survivors of rig disaster

Rescuers said yesterday it would be a miracle if they found anyone else alive after a drilling rig sank with 67 people on board in the icy seas off Russia's eastern coast.

Putin is losing his grip on the televised media

No longer the same old story

Following protests and online activity, the Russian media are increasingly reporting the truth. By Jonathan Brown

Asamoah Gyan earns £125,000-a-week at Al Ain in the UAE

Pioneers head east in game's latest gold rush

From Siberia and the Middle East to China, Rory Smith follows the trail of new money

Putin is losing his grip on the televised media

Why the Russian revolution is being televised at last

The mass protests over alleged vote-rigging may have signalled the end of propaganda as TV news

Poland's Shale Gas dilemma for Europe

Despite environmental fears, gas finds offer some countries a chance to slash energy costs and loosen dependence on Russia. Mary Dejevsky reports from Krakow

Ukraine court moves not to detain ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko

A Ukrainian court today dismissed a request by state prosecutors to detain former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, now standing trial for alleged abuse of office.

Gazprom snaps up TNK-BP gas field

Gazprom has won the rights to the giant Siberian gas field previously owned by a unit of TNK-BP, BP's Russian joint venture.

A difficult balancing act for head of Gazprom

Alexei Miller has to champion natural gas, while playing down price pressure from alternative supplies, says Sarah Arnott

The supersize skyline: Why 2011 will be the year architecture takes a giant leap upwards

From London's 'Cucumber' skyscraper to Norman Foster's space station in the New Mexico desert, buildings dazzling in size and ambition are set to transform the global landscape in 2011.

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.

World Cup win could be Russian own goal

Investors looking east should continue to be cautious and avoid being caught up in the football hype.

E.ON sells stake in Gazprom for £2.8bn

E.ON has sold its 3.5 per cent stake in the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom for €3.4bn (£2.8bn). The German energy giant, which is raising money to expand outside Europe, sold 2.7 per cent to the Russian state bank VEB and 0.8 per cent on the stock market. As its earnings in Europe drop due to a tax on its nuclear power plants in Germany and demand falls due to the economic crisis, E.ON is seeking to lower its €45bn debt burden and raise money to expand outside the continent.

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