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The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

Anna Politkovskaya: The journalist was shot in Moscow in October 2006

Chechens face second trial in Anna Politkovskaya murder case

Five men accused of involvement in contract killing of investigative journalist facing new trial

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied accusations that he has stolen a $25,000 (£16,000) diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies stealing £16,000 diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring

Ring was one of many given to the New England Patriots team after they won Super Bowl in February 2005

President Putin and his delegation were late. Their plane into the UK was delayed and when they did finally arrive at Downing Street, they had to be taken in through the back entrance to avoid a Turkish protest taking place on Whitehall

Syria Sketch: 'Dead eyed' Putin asks: 'Do you want to support people who eat the guts of their enemies?'

Smaller than Cameron – but stocky – Putin managed to carry off an air of menace effortlessly

Crash course: The G8 summit

This year’s meeting of the Group of Eight – or the G8 – begins in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on Monday. The summit draws the world’s most powerful leaders – as well as protests and disruption.

Vladimir Putin during his appearance on Russia Today

Fawning interviewers give President Vladimir Putin easy ride on Kremlin TV chat show appearance

President Vladimir Putin took a tour of the shiny new studio complex of Russia Today, the English-language television channel funded by the Kremlin, and spent an hour answering questions from a number of its journalists during a round-table interview.

Russia’s parliament will debate a controversial law on Tuesday that could see people arrested for behaviour that is deemed to promote homosexuality

Russia set to pass strict anti-gay law that could see foreigners deported for 'sexual propaganda'

Russia’s parliament will debate a controversial law on Tuesday that could see people arrested for behaviour that is deemed to promote homosexuality.

Fernandinho's arrival puts the futures of Javi Garcia and Gareth Barry at risk

Fernandinho wrote off £4m in bonuses to secure £30m move to Manchester City

The Brazil international becomes City's first official signing

Garry Kasparov fears being targeted in his native land

Chess grandmaster-turned-opposition politician, Gary Kasparov, ponders next move – but Russia’s out

Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster-turned-Russian opposition politician, has said that he will not return to Russia in the foreseeable future as he fears arrest.

The trial of Alexander Lebedev continued in a surreal vein today, as the court heard from a former billionaire who now lives in the forest as a pious peasant

Feuding tycoons and pious rustics: Alexander Lebedev’s 'comical' trial hits heights of absurdity

The trial of Alexander Lebedev continued in a surreal vein today, as the court heard from a former billionaire who now lives in the forest as a pious peasant, and it was discussed whether hitting someone in the face is in line with Christian values.

Chelsea were crowned 2004-05 League Cup Champions at the Millennium Stadium after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Liverpool, gifting Abramovich his first piece of silverware as the club's owner.

In pictures: The major trophies won by Chelsea during the Roman Abramovich era

Last night saw the Blues clinch their 11th trophy under the Russian

A quietly English (but high security) funeral with a Russian cast for Boris Berezovsky

At a Surrey cemetery, it was a rather English affair, but with a Russian cast.

Vladislav Surkov was responsible for modernising the Russian economy at Mr Putin’s behest

A last audience for Vladimir Putin's 'grey cardinal' as the architect of Kremlin policy, Vladislav Surkov, quits

The man behind Russia’s tightly controlled political system, has resigned – but did he jump or was he pushed?

Opposition protesters attend a rally at the Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow, to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin one year into his new Kremlin term

Thousands march against 'thief' Vladimir Putin in central Moscow

A year on from Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin, thousands of Muscovites rallied in a central Moscow square to protest against his rule. “Putin is a thief!” was a popular chant at the rally. “We are fighting for Russia, for our country, our future,” said Gennady Gudkov a former MP who has been stripped of his mandate since joining the opposition movement.

Russsian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the press after the annual call-in show on Russian television April

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The Russian leader also denied that his new term has seen an increase in ‘Stalinist’ tendencies

Ramzan Kadyrov says the ‘root of the evil’ should be sought in America

Boston Marathon bombing: Independence, not Islam, has driven Chechnya's rebels

Violence has traditionally been aimed at Russia rather than the West

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The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
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Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'