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

Sergei Belov had a key role in the Soviet Union's famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final

Sergei Belov: Basketball player in the most infamous match in the sport’s history

Sergei Belov, who died on 3 October at the age of 69, was a basketball player who had a key role in the Soviet Union’s famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich.

Garry Kasparov will receive 10,000 euros as compensation from the Russian government

Russia ordered to compensate chess grandmaster (and Putin critic) Garry Kasparov over protest arrest

Police held him before 'March of Dissenters' protest in Moscow in 2007

Jermain Defoe scores the opener for Spurs – his seventh goal in just four starts this season

Tottenham v West Ham: Jermain Defoe set to return to the bench in the Premier League despite scoring seventh goal in four games

Andre Villas-Boas admits that he will consider starting Defoe but his recovery from Thursday's Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala is likely to see Roberto Soldado continue in attack

Speedo-clad Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov floats in London

He sold his last business to Roman Abramovich and posed in his autobiography wearing nothing but skintight, neon Speedos.

Legal blow for widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko who risks bankruptcy by continuing her battle for a public inquiry

Marina Litvinenko’s fight for answers over the suspicious death of her husband, Alexander, has suffered another defeat after judges refused to protect her from facing crippling costs if she loses her legal battle for a public inquiry.

Russian 'space troops' are not prepared for battle with aliens, says official

We are not ready to fight extraterrestrial civilizations, says defence official

Lacina Traore of Anzhi Makhachkala and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham

Europa League: Anzhi Makhachkala v Tottenham Hotspur match preview

A look ahead to Spurs’ Europa League visit to Russia

Anzhi's Alan Gatagov acrobatically strikes the ball during a recent match against CSKA Moscow

Europa League: Tottenham ready to face Anzhi Makhachkala side shorn of expensive talent

Suleyman Kerimov's project to turn small club in Dagestan into one of Europe's strongest through sheer weight of cash is over

Russian Coast Guards seize the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise, following a protest by Greenpeace activists at a Russian oil platform in the Pechora Sea, off the coast of Russia.

Russia charges 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy over Gazprom oil drilling protest

Activists, including four from UK, face a maximum jail sentence of 15 years

Sepp Blatter reveals Qatar as World Cup hosts

Fifa ethics investigator to visit England over 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids

The FA were furious over how the bidding process was conducted

Syria crisis: UN Security Council demands aid access after chemical weapons deal

The president of the UN Security Council has said many members are pressing to follow up on last week's resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with a demand that the government allow immediate access for desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Greenpeace protest: Russia claims activists ‘posed real threat’

Group was campaigning against attempts by companies to drill for oil in Arctic waters

Under arrest: Frank Hewetson, 45, from London, at the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk, last Thursday

Two British Greenpeace activists to appear in Russian court

Anthony Perrett and Frank Hewetson among 30 people taken in to custody after Arctic oil rig protest

Has krokodil - the horrific street drug that rots the flesh of addicts – made the switch from Russia to the US?

'Exposed bones and skin hanging off bodies': Arizona fears epidemic caused by the homemade codeine and gasoline-based heroin substitute

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before the start of the Security Council meeting

Russia and US agree draft UN resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons in 'important diplomatic step'

The UN Security Council could vote as soon as Friday night after Russia and the US agreed a draft resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons, according to diplomats in New York.

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