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When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Canada vows to defend Santa Claus from Russian troops as row over territory escalates

Vladimir Putin told a defence ministry meeting that he wished to see the military bolster its presence in the territory

The News Matrix: Tuesday 10 December 2013

Cameron dithers over 11% pay rise

Goodbye, Lenin: Protesters raise the stakes at Kiev rally as they topple statue of former Communist leader

As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians demonstrate against plans for closer ties with Moscow, a hated symbol of Soviet rule is removed

Red Fortress, By Catherine Merridale: Book review

The corridors of Russian power are studied through the history of the Kremlin

Sir Elton John’s gigs in Russia to go ahead despite anti-gay laws

Sir Elton John’s gigs in Russia to go ahead despite anti-gay laws

The star's  planned shows in Moscow and Kazan will go ahead despite complaints over the country’s homophobic laws, the promoter has confirmed.

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Elton John is scheduled to perform in Russia this weekend by anti-gaw laws may stop him

Elton John's Russian tour at risk of cancellation over anti-gay laws

The singer's December gigs have been threatened due to fears he may spread 'gay propaganda'

People shout slogans and wave flags of Ukraine and the European Union during a rally of the opposition on Independence Square in Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses militants of trying to overthrow Ukraine's government

Protesters are seeking to force President Viktor Yanukovych from office with a general strike

The News Matrix: Tuesday 3 December 2013

Victims of violence turned away

Clare Balding receives the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, at the Bafta awards earlier this year (Ian West/PA)

Clare Balding’s grandma called her sexuality ‘disgusting’

BBC sports presenter reveals she stopped speaking to her grandmother for six months after it became public that she was gay

Keeping the Litvinenko papers secret will smooth the path of one possible Putin successor

Putin's chief of staff Sergei Ivanov was well known to the murdered double-agent

Gay rights protester stopped by Russian police while posing in Red Square with ‘Love is Love’ banner

Photograph goes viral as people express shock at clampdown by Moscow authorities on what they call ‘gay propaganda’

Review: Tatiana, By Martin Cruz Smith

Having survived the KGB and a bullet to the head, detective Renko is going strong

'The Russian J Edgar Hoover’s' lecture was like a pile of exploding mashed potatoes

Our man in Paris: Alexander Bastrykin was making a rare public appearance at the Sorbonne University

Vladimir Putin is awarded grandmaster rank in taekwondo and given black belt - despite not practising the sport

Russian president now ranks higher than Chuck Norris in South Korean martial art

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