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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

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is protesting against “slave labour”

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova moved to Siberian colony

First official confirmation of jailed Tolokonnikova's whereabouts is announced after she vanished from sight three weeks ago

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova behind bars. She has been missing for more than three weeks

Pussy riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova now missing for more than three weeks – with her disappearance sparking fears some of the Greenpeace 30 could also be 'lost'

Family of British man Iain Rogers say they won’t be happy until all prisoners arrive safely in St Petersburg

Russian artist nails genitals to Red Square pavement in protest act

Pyotr Pavlensky nailed himself in protest against 'the police state'

Dutch royal family pelted with tomatoes in Russian opposition protest

Two activists arrested for fruit-based attack on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima - though none of the projectiles hit their targets

Allied World War II convoy PQ 17 is attacked by German torpedo aircraft on its way across the Arctic Ocean from Hvalfjord in Iceland to Arkhangelsk in the Soviet Union, in July 1942

In from the cold? The race to honour Arctic convoy heroes

The treacherous Arctic convoys undertaken by Allied ships in the Second World War were described as ‘the worst journey in the world’. Jonathan Brown reports on attempts to track down the survivors so they can get the recognition they deserve

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Missing Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova may be sent to Siberia colony

Tolokonnikova's husband said he has been told she could be moved to the remote colony within the next few weeks after vanishing from sight

Putin is a 'proud buff dude' and Russia should not be vilified for anti-gay laws ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, says US swimmer

Richard Alther appeals to Russia President to treat gay athletes with compassion and respect

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s father arrives in Moscow

Lon Snowden expresses gratitude to Russia and Putin for providing safe haven to the NSA whistleblower

A view of Olympic venues and accommodation complex is seen through the window of an abandoned bus in the Adler district of Sochi

Images show Sochi’s race against the clock ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics

Despite Russia's $50bn investment,  the Games could still be an embarrassing flop

110 oligarchs own a third of Russia's wealth

A staggering 35 per cent of household wealth in Russia is owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring a few small Caribbean islands, a report by a major investment bank says.

Sea change: A Russian coastguard approaches activists

Russian claims of drugs haul on seized ship is ‘ridiculous’, says Greenpeace

The 28 protesters and two freelance journalists are currently being detained and had previously all been charged with ‘piracy’

Mikhail Kosenko during his trial in Moscow

Psychiatric sentence for anti-Putin protester is ‘return to Soviet tactics’

A Moscow court has found a protester guilty of assaulting a police officer at an anti-President Putin rally last year, sentencing him to forced psychiatric treatment in a trial that has been widely seen as politicised.

Got a light? Olympic flame goes out in 'wind tunnel' at Kremlin - and is reborn on the sly via a security officer's cigarette lighter

Build-up to the Sochi Winter Games gets off to a shaky start despite pomp of Red Square ceremony

Vladimir Putin with the Olympic torch at a ceremony in Moscow yesterday

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Corruption and censorship cast shadow over Russia's Games

Special report: Allegations of fraudulent contracts worth billions threaten to derail Putin’s showpiece

A UN vehicle transporting a team of weapons inspectors arrives at a hotel in Damascus

Syria chemical weapons: Experts start destroying Bashar al-Assad's arsenal

The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday

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