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

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Eight people have been arrested in Russia after a politician's body was found stuffed in a barrel of cement.

Kravchuk, Shushkevich and Yeltsin sign the agreement

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The historic document that heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union has gone missing from an archive in Belarus, according to one of its signatories.

Libel case puts fraud in the public forum

The London court case brought by Pavel Karpov is an interesting development, because if the case comes in front of a judge it would be likely to throw up details that officials fingered for their alleged involvement in the fraud would perhaps prefer to keep quiet.

Pussy Riot member loses clemency bid

Maria Alekhina, one of the three members of the punk band Pussy Riot jailed over a stunt in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral last year, lost an appeal for clemency today.

Thousands in Moscow protest over new adoption law

Tens of thousands of Muscovites braved icy weather to march through the centre of Moscow in protest at a new law that bans the adoption of Russian children by American citizens.

Upper house approves Moscow's retaliation against Magnitsky Act

The upper house of parliament has approved a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.

The end of the world didn’t materialise and many were left with egg – or other objects – on their faces

11.12am came... and went. Oh well, it's not the end of the world

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Vladimir Putin said he could not recall any major mistakes in his 13 years in power at his press conference in Moscow yesterday

Packed house for Vladimir Putin’s one-man show – and it runs and runs

A President in failing health? Not judging by this performance Shaun Walker saw in Moscow

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s jail term to be cut

A Russian court announced that former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky should be released from prison in 2014, taking two years off the jail sentence for Russia’s richest man.

Russia’s parliament approves bill which bans US
adoptions in reprisal for Magnitsky Act

Russia’s parliament has initially approved a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian orphans in reprisal for a US law – the Magnitsky Act – punishing alleged Russian human rights violators.

Norilsk aims to settle boardroom war with new set-up

Norilsk Nickel named its long-time co-owner Vladimir Potanin as its chief executive yesterday under a Kremlin-inspired deal to end a boardroom war at the world's top nickel and palladium producer.

Kremlin makes new fraud claims against dissident

The authorities have opened another criminal investigation against the opposition leader Alexei Navalny on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Kremlin rejects claims by Japanese PM that meeting was cancelled because of illness

What's happened to action man? Vladimir Putin forced to play down health rumours

Kremlin rejects claims by Japanese PM that meeting was cancelled because of illness

Forget the vodka, make mine a malt, Vladimir

It's as Russian as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and the Siberian steppe but vodka has a new challenger as the world's fourth-heaviest drinking nation's spirit of choice. This month, Beam, which owns Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, has become the latest distiller to announce that it hopes to double its whisky sales there. .

Chris Bryant says he was targeted by the CFoR

Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smear campaign’

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has resigned as honorary president of the Russian pressure group

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