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.

The men who matter in Moscow: Big players in the power game

YELTSIN ON THE BRINK

Kleinwort denies Gazprom rumours

Kleinwort denies Gazprom rumours

Hungry Russia feeds on glamour of ads: The Communists promised paradise on earth: advertisers now play the same role, writes Andrew Higgins in Moscow

RARELY since the Soviet film industry turned War and Peace into a movie has there been anything quite so extravagant: location shoots in Kazakhstan, a cast of literally thousands, including scores of horses, a Napoleon look-alike and period costumes from Russia's imperial court. Julius Caesar, Catherine the Great, Tamerlane and Alexander the Great put in appearances, as does a half-naked slave-girl in a micro-mini-coat of mail.

View from City Road: Privatisation prize for Kleinwort

Congratulations to Kleinwort Benson for winning what promises to be the privatisation prize of the decade, Gazprom of Russia. This is is no MMM. Gazprom is by far the largest company in Russia and it makes British Gas, its nearest international equivalent, look like a minnow. Rock-solid though it is by the standards of Eastern Europe investment prospects, valuing it for the purposes of a trade sale or international offering is going to be something else. Still, it is nice to see London still at the forefront of privatisation.

Kleinwort to advise on Russian gas sell-off: Investors to be offered up to 9 per cent of giant with reserves worth dollars 1,500bn

KLEINWORT BENSON has been appointed to advise on the international share sale in the world's largest gas company, Russia's partly privatised monolith RAO Gazprom.

Part payment

Russia's natural gas giant, Gazprom, said yesterday it had received dollars 7m ( pounds 4.7) from Ukraine to cover part of its huge debt owed for past deliveries, AFP reports from Moscow.

Gas row turns the heat on Moscow and Kiev

RUSSIA and Ukraine will try on Thursday to settle an energy dispute that is threatening to send their strained relations to new depths. A Ukrainian delegation will travel to Moscow for talks on how to clear Kiev's debts to Russia in return for guaranteed gas supplies.

Russia cuts off gas to Estonia

TENSIONS between Russia and Estonia escalated dramatically yesterday after Moscow announced that all gas deliveries to the Baltic republic were being halted, writes Adrian Bridge.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee