Voices

When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Olympic Sochi 2014 Winter Games torch makes history in first spacewalk

Flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy left their base at the International Space Station today carrying the torch

Allied World War II convoy PQ 17 is attacked by German torpedo aircraft on its way across the Arctic Ocean from Hvalfjord in Iceland to Arkhangelsk in the Soviet Union, in July 1942

In from the cold? The race to honour Arctic convoy heroes

The treacherous Arctic convoys undertaken by Allied ships in the Second World War were described as ‘the worst journey in the world’. Jonathan Brown reports on attempts to track down the survivors so they can get the recognition they deserve

Ibrahima Baldé cancelled out an opener from Wilfried Bony

Europa League round-up: Swansea thwarted in stoppage time again, while Wigan suffer defeat

Michael Laudrup admitted he felt sorry for his players after seeing Swansea again suffer the agony of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser as they drew 1-1 with 10-man Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle

Europa League: Rubin Kazan v Wigan Athletic match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Europa League tie in Russia

2014 Sochi Olympic torch relay blasts off to space for historic walk

Unlit torch will tour International Space Station before being taken on its first ever trip outside the base

Yaya Toure was subjected to racial abuse in Moscow

Manchester City v CSKA Moscow: Manuel Pellegrini tells CSKA to stop being in denial on racial abuse

Midfielder Yaya Toure was abused by CSKA fans in Moscow

Putin is a 'proud buff dude' and Russia should not be vilified for anti-gay laws ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, says US swimmer

Richard Alther appeals to Russia President to treat gay athletes with compassion and respect

Russia: Hundreds arrested in Moscow after stabbing 'by migrant' sparks race riots

Police call in reinforcements as hundreds take to the streets following 'ethnic' killing

MoD’s Russian contractor in bankruptcy suit

Alexander Lebedev, the businessman whose son, Evgeny, owns i and The Independent newspapers, is planning to launch bankruptcy proceedings against a Russian cargo aircraft operator used by the Ministry of Defence.

Sergei Rumyantsev, 55, at hospital in Borogontsy

Armed only with a small knife and a loyal dog, man beats bear in Siberian forest

Sergei Rumyantsev, 55, stabbed the animal in heart after he was attacked

Greenpeace activists hold a banner in front of the Gazprom office in Paris

‘Only drug on Greenpeace ship was medical morphine’: Wives of two men held in Russia claim innocent husbands are being kept in inhumane conditions

The men’s relatives describe the conditions in the prison as worse than the North Pole

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s father arrives in Moscow

Lon Snowden expresses gratitude to Russia and Putin for providing safe haven to the NSA whistleblower

Sea change: A Russian coastguard approaches activists

Russian claims of drugs haul on seized ship is ‘ridiculous’, says Greenpeace

The 28 protesters and two freelance journalists are currently being detained and had previously all been charged with ‘piracy’

Mikhail Kosenko during his trial in Moscow

Psychiatric sentence for anti-Putin protester is ‘return to Soviet tactics’

A Moscow court has found a protester guilty of assaulting a police officer at an anti-President Putin rally last year, sentencing him to forced psychiatric treatment in a trial that has been widely seen as politicised.

Greenpeace protesters highlight the case of UK cameraman Kieran Bryan, currently in a Russian jail

Greepeace protests over 'inhumane' care of activists held in Russia on piracy charges

Environmental group  to file a case with the European Court of Human Rights

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