Arts and Entertainment Ellie Goulding has refused to sing at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia's anti-gay laws

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

Editorial: A lesson from London's new In and Out Club

Pity Roberto Di Matteo. Having earned his confirmation five months ago, when he took Chelsea to victory in the Champions League, he learnt yesterday that long-termism has no place in Roman Abramovich's world view. He was out on his ear after a diminished team looked doomed to an early Champions League exit this season, the eighth manager to be found wanting in as many years.

Figures released confirm that Abramovich has converted another £166.6m owed to him into shares in the club

The winds of change are blowing at Chelsea with pace, but do the accounts add up?

One of the country's leading analysts of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations admits to being "puzzled" as to how Chelsea have managed to make a profit for the 12 months ending last June.

A Russian court yesterday sent a 36-year-old Muscovite to jail for four and a half years for his part in a protest rally against Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin

Anti-Putin protester jailed for four and a half years

A Russian court yesterday sent a 36-year-old Muscovite to jail for four and a half years for his part in a protest rally against Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin.

Vodka continutes to take its death toll on Russians

Putin wages war on vodka as lifestyle death toll at 90,000

Vladimir Putin is waging the biggest public health drive since former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev failed to wean his country off alcohol abuse with a crackdown on tobacco and drink.

An open letter to Private Eye

Our writer is the subject of the Hackwatch column in the latest edition of Private Eye, after attending a dinner of the Valdai Group. Here she responds to her critics

Ceasefire! It's a wedding

Firing off bullets into the sky has been a jubilant climax to thousands of weddings in Russia's remote areas - but now the custom is under threat, as armed guests venture closer to cities and stray bullets cause an increasing amount of mayhem.

Be on your toes when Putin enters the room

Our writer finds the Russian President sharp, focused and worth the wait at an annual discussion of Russia and its place in the world

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Putin says 'One could die' listening to 27-member EU's talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is pushing for the integration of former Soviet states modeled on the European Union, said Thursday "one could simply die" listening to "27 countries and 27 languages" in EU debates.

BP due to announce £17bn deal with Rosneft

BP could unveil a $28bn (£17bn) deal with the Russian state-controlled oil group Rosneft as early as today.

BP and Rosneft in talks to finalise details of £17bn Russian oil deal

BP could unveil a $28bn (£17bn) deal with the Russian state-controlled oil group Rosneft as early as today.

Moscow appeals court frees Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich but upholds sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina

A Moscow appeals court unexpectedly freed one jailed member of punk band Pussy Riot, but upheld the two-year prison sentences for the two other women jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin: An exhibition in the President’s honour is called “Putin: The Most Kind-Hearted Man in the World”

Kremlin cranks up the propaganda for Putin's 60th birthday

Kremlin officials like to insist that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, does not care for big birthday bashes and that he was to spend his 60th birthday yesterday quietly celebrating with close friends and family in his home city, St Petersburg.

A band supporter with a puppet that is their emblem

Voices within Russia join outcry over Pussy Riot sentence

Amid international condemnation of the two-year jail sentence that a Moscow court handed down to the punk trio Pussy Riot on Friday, critical voices within Russia are also growing. Several public figures regarded as close to the Kremlin have damned the verdict and complained about the effect it will have on Russia’s international image.

Leading article: A verdict on Vladimir Putin

In a chilling passage of the verdict read aloud in a Moscow court today, three members of punk group Pussy Riot were said to be "motivated by religious enmity and hatred". A reasonable response might be that those who have locked up these young singers for the crime of blasphemy in Vladimir Putin's Russia were motivated by religious bigotry and fear.

Russia set to arrest top corruption campaigner

Russian authorities are allegedly preparing to arrest Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger who became one of the key leaders of the street protests that have swelled in Russia in the past few months.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker