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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