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    1. 8 hours ago

      Russia and Ukraine reach gas deal

      Russia has secured an 11th-hour deal to resume gas exports to Ukraine, allaying concerns that Europe would face an energy...

    2. 16 hours ago

      Putin tries to extend soft power to UK

      Vladimir Putin’s faltering efforts to extend Russian soft power abroad will hit UK televisions on Thursday evening, as...

    1. 17 hours ago

      Russia and Ukraine close to deal on gas for winter

      Russia and Ukraine are on the verge of an EU-brokered deal to end a months-long dispute over gas deliveries that would...

    2. October 27, 2014

      Ukraine, Russia and Europe’s bloody borders

      Somebody born in Lviv in 1914, who died in 1992 and never moved out of the city, would have lived in five different...

    3. October 26, 2014

      Putin makes west an offer wrapped up in a warning

      It was the bitter anti-US invective in a speech by Vladimir Putin on Friday that caught the headlines. But, alongside the...

    4. October 26, 2014

      Polls signal Ukraine’s westward shift

      Ukraine’s parliamentary elections have cemented the country’s westward shift away from Moscow’s influence, producing a...

    5. October 24, 2014

      Swedish hunt for submarine descends into farce

      Finding a submarine was “like [looking for] Jesus”, Swedish Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad said this week. “Everyone knows who...

    6. October 23, 2014

      Western analysts fear blowback from Russia sanctions

      At a state-sponsored conference in a plush mountain retreat near Sochi that was supposed to host Russia’s G8 summit – before...

    7. October 22, 2014

      Café encounter exposes reality of Russian soldiers in Ukraine

      There are no active Russian servicemen in Ukraine – or so the Kremlin has been insisting for months. Yet a recent encounter...

    8. October 21, 2014

      Russia slaps conditions on Ukraine gas deal

      Russia has raised further conditions for resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, dashing hopes that a deal to safeguard Europe’s...

    9. October 20, 2014

      Sweden closes airspace as submarine hunt intensifies

      Sweden closed off airspace above part of the Stockholm archipelago as its hunt for a foreign submarine – presumed to be...

    10. October 17, 2014

      Memorial to Russian oppression caught in Kremlin clampdown

      Memorial, a human rights group devoted to the unflinching examination of Russia’s history of oppression, is itself now...

    11. October 15, 2014

      UK blocks €5bn Russian North Sea deal

      The UK has blocked a €5bn deal by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to acquire gasfields in the North Sea, as even private...

    12. October 13, 2014

      Australian PM Tony Abbott to ‘shirtfront’ Putin at G20 over MH17

      Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed to “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines...

    13. October 12, 2014

      Putin pulls some troops back from Ukraine border

      Kiev, October 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after...

    14. October 9, 2014

      Russia and the west should stop punishing one another

      Call me Finlandised but there must be a better way than sanctions. Russia and the west are competing over who can hurt the...

    15. October 9, 2014

      Vladimir Putin is leading Russia down an isolationist path

      Vladimir Putin has always faced a choice about how to respond to western sanctions over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine....

    16. October 8, 2014

      Russia moves to compensate sanctioned oligarchs

      Moscow is preparing to give local courts the power to seize foreign countries’ property in Russia to help compensate Russian...

    17. October 8, 2014

      Businessmen are ‘serfs’ in Putin’s Russia, warns Sergei Pugachev

      A former close associate of Vladimir Putin has said Russian businessmen were all now “serfs” who belonged to the president,...

    18. October 6, 2014

      Russia: sifting in the rouble

      “All I have to do is smile and show the devil is not as frightening as he seems.” This was President Vladimir Putin’s joke...

    19. October 2, 2014

      Putin seeks to calm investor jitters over Russia

      Russian president Vladimir Putin promised that there would not be a sweeping review of the country’s past privatisation of...

    20. October 1, 2014

      Ukraine’s ‘frozen’ conflict still flaring

      The boom of shelling and the crackle of gunfire in Debaltseve, a town in eastern Ukraine, elicit a shrug from an army...

    21. September 29, 2014

      Putin has fought his way into a corner

      Tactical victories often end in strategic defeats. That is what Vladimir Putin is in for. The Russian president’s...

    22. September 28, 2014

      From Bentleys to fish, Russia’s economy feels sanctions’ sting

      More than once, Mikhail Zub was driven to the verge of failure in his attempts over the past 20 years to transform a rotting...

    23. September 25, 2014

      Russia: Putin’s power politics

      For most of the past decade Vladimir Yevtushenkov has run his business empire from a building fit for an oligarch with more...

    24. September 25, 2014

      Russian intercepts highlight Nato air power in the Baltics

      Behind the rising number of intercepts of Russian military aircraft probing the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania...

    25. September 20, 2014

      Withdrawal of foreign fighters to bolster Ukraine truce

      Negotiators representing Kiev, Moscow and Russian-backed separatists on Saturday agreed to establish a 30km buffer zone and...

    26. September 19, 2014

      Russia releases oligarch Yevtushenkov

      Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov has been allowed to leave house arrest just three days after Russian authorities...

    27. September 18, 2014

      Russia’s rich feel chill wind from the Kremlin

      It is hard to imagine a worse moment for the Kremlin’s inner circle to launch an attempt to strong arm one of Russia’s...

    28. September 17, 2014

      Ukraine needs money not arms

      Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, arrives in Washington to meet President Barack Obama today. His visit is certain to...

    29. September 17, 2014

      Sistema: Yukos, part deux

      “Today, the state, resorting to absolutely legal market mechanisms, is looking after its own interests.” Russian President...

    30. September 16, 2014

      Russia is our most dangerous neighbour

      Russia is both a tragedy and a menace. In the Financial Times this week Sergey Karaganov offered an arresting insight into...

    31. September 14, 2014

      Western delusions triggered conflict and Russians will not yield

      The Soviet Union’s sunset years hardly felt like an innocent age to those who lived through them, but to recall the hopes...

    32. September 14, 2014

      Short sellers wary of making call on direction of Russian market

      When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Crimea in early March, hedge fund managers were quick to bet that the...

    33. September 12, 2014

      Russian authorities raid Ikea office

      Russian authorities have raided an office of the Swedish furniture company Ikea just outside Moscow, hours after the...

    34. September 11, 2014

      Russia threatens to cap western car and clothing imports

      Russia threatened to escalate a growing trade dispute between the Kremlin and the EU, saying it could cap western car and...

    35. September 9, 2014

      Finland denies obstructing EU deal on Russia sanctions

      Finland’s prime minister denied his country had obstructed the EU’s latest Russian sanctions and said other nations...

    36. September 3, 2014

      France halts delivery of warship to Russia

      President François Hollande halted the delivery of the first of two warships to the Russian navy on Wednesday, the clearest...

    37. September 2, 2014

      Western diplomats consider boycott of Russia 2018 World Cup

      Could boycotting the 2018 World Cup be more effective at persuading Russian president Vladimir Putin than an increasingly...

    38. September 2, 2014

      Estonia PM warns Europe must guard against Russia in long term

      Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has so utterly transformed Europe’s security outlook that western governments must be on...

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