The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony
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Wednesday 22 January 2014
Photo showing a twin toilet in the Sochi Biathlon Centre has been met with jokes and disbelief across Twitter
Syria peace talks: Russian Foreign Minster says withdrawing Iran's invitation is 'a mistake, but not a catastrophe'
Tuesday 21 January 2014
His words come after the UN offered Iran a place at Wednesday's meetings on Sunday, which had been withdrawn by Monday
Monday 20 January 2014
Vladmir Putin made the revelation during a televised interview special with Andrew Marr ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics next month
Larry Speakes: Press secretary to Ronald Reagan who later admitted he had put words into the president’s mouth
Friday 17 January 2014
An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.
Sergei Magnitsky - the final insult: Russia continues to 'desecrate the memory' of the whistleblower lawyer
Monday 13 January 2014
First he was imprisoned. There he died after being denied medical treatment. Then he was put on posthumous trial. Now the Russian lawyer who dared to expose a £140m fraud is accused of perpetrating the crime himself
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Double bombings have killed at least 34 people
Monday 30 December 2013
President Putin wants the Sochi Winter Olympics to showcase Russia as an orderly state
Sunday 29 December 2013
Monday 23 December 2013
Khodorkovsky’s release may well have been intended to further those goals by sending a positive signal about Russia's future business climate
Friday 20 December 2013
The Russian President made the comments at a press conference after he was asked about a monument to Stalin being put up in Moscow
Thursday 19 December 2013
Vladimir Putin played the role of the good tsar at his annual press conference, fielding questions, repeated declarations of grateful praise and requests to deal with unscrupulous businessmen and lazy bureaucrats. One excited journalist even credited him with an improvement in her love life, noting that she had “finally gotten married” shortly after meeting him in March.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky pardoned: Russian President Vladimir Putin to free former political nemesis after 10 years in prison
Thursday 19 December 2013
The former oil tycoon is to be pardoned after as part of an ‘amnesty project’ by the Kremlin ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics next year
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Hopes are now that activists and journalists will be home for Christmas following move by Russian parliament
Sunday 15 December 2013
Arguments and demands of president and his government “have no grounds in reality”
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Russia’s Supreme Court has said the ruling that jailed the feminist punk group Pussy Riot was illegal and their case should be heard again.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
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