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    1. July 26, 2015

      Putin appeals to nationalist support as economy wobbles

      When Vladimir Putin took the stage on Sunday in Baltiysk, a town that is home to part of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, the...

    2. July 24, 2015

      Return of Ukraine fighters alarms Russia

      To outward appearances, Oleg Melnikov is the image of the middle class Moscow hipsters who helped lead the 2011-2012...

    1. July 23, 2015

      Sergei Pugachev: ‘I personally brought Putin to power’

      It is a late May evening and Sergei Pugachev, the exiled Russian tycoon, is flicking through an old family photo album....

    2. The World

      July 22, 2015

      Greece is more useful to Russia inside the EU than out

      We learned on Monday that Yuri Milner, the billionaire Russian entrepreneur, is to spend $100m of his own money over...

    3. July 21, 2015

      Hammond warns of Russian agility in crises

      Philip Hammond has warned that western powers are at a disadvantage in dealing with Russia because of their...

    4. July 21, 2015

      Russia sees big potential from Iran deal

      When the UN Security Council unanimously approved the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, Russia paid tribute with an...

    5. July 10, 2015

      India and Pakistan join Shanghai Co-operation Organisation

      The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation has embarked on a big enlargement process that could transform the club that...

    6. July 10, 2015

      Vladimir Pozner: the ‘face’ of Russia

      Vladimir Pozner, the veteran Russian television presenter, knows all about propaganda. During Soviet times, he was — as...

    7. July 8, 2015

      Brics nations’ differences on display as club stages summit

      In the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Ufa, Russia, three men were huddled over an iPad on Wednesday morning — one Russian,...

    8. July 6, 2015

      Great Game echoes in summit halls for Putin’s pursuit of China ties

      When Russia’s president welcomes leaders from a dozen countries for two separate summits in Ufa on Wednesday, there...

    9. July 5, 2015

      Russia: Powers in the balance

      When top US, European and Russian officials gathered beneath the gilded chandeliers of a baroque Vienna palace last...

    10. June 26, 2015

      The fearful foe that ought to unify Europe

      Last November, the city of Berlin threw itself a party. For the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, there were...

    11. June 23, 2015

      Nato comes home to its historic base in Europe

      When defence ministers from Nato’s 28 member states meet in Brussels on Wednesday, they will unveil the biggest...

    12. June 19, 2015

      Nato shows its sharp end in Polish war games

      Nato, an organisation set up to protect Europe, has harboured an unusual truth for the past 20 years: it had no plan to...

    13. June 19, 2015

      St Petersburg’s red carpet fails to hide year of economic bloodshed

      As the VIPs arrived this week at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s answer to Davos, it was...

    14. June 18, 2015

      As Greece teeters, Alexis Tsipras is feted in St Petersburg

      Alexis Tsipras has alienated many fellow EU leaders as bruising talks over Greece’s bailout have pushed the country...

    15. June 17, 2015

      Russian mistakes and western misunderstandings

      After hearing the news of the outbreak of the 1848 Paris revolution, Nicolas I is said to have rushed to the palace to...

    16. June 15, 2015

      Litvinenko suspect claims special status at UK inquiry

      One of the two Russian suspects in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko will be allowed to give his own version of events...

    17. June 15, 2015

      Russian economy: An asset to the state

      Staring into the faces of Russia’s top state bankers last year, Igor Zyuzin was a man on a precipice. An eccentric...

    18. June 14, 2015

      EU’s Russia sanctions fail to dent oil deals

      Europe’s biggest oil groups are extending business deals with their Russian energy partners despite this month’s EU...

    19. June 14, 2015

      Extradition attempt is political ploy, says Russian tycoon

      Sergei Pugachev, the exiled Russian tycoon once nicknamed the “Kremlin’s banker” has said a Russian attempt to...

    20. June 11, 2015

      Ukraine’s creditors must share the country’s pain

      Ukraine is fighting for its survival as an independent state. The most immediate of its numerous challenges is to...

    21. June 10, 2015

      Renzi plays good cop to humour Putin and Italian business

      On Monday, Matteo Renzi stood beside fellow Group of Seven leaders as they threatened to heap further sanctions on...

    22. June 9, 2015

      Russia: Border tensions

      Katarzyna Plejnis tries hard not to think of the missile launchers, tanks and thousands of Russian soldiers stationed...

    23. June 3, 2015

      Russia rewrites history of the Prague Spring

      According to an old Soviet joke, which alluded to the Communist party’s habit of rewriting history for ideological...

    24. June 2, 2015

      Russia missile maker blames Ukraine for MH17 plane attack

      Russian weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antey has confirmed that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk...

    25. May 31, 2015

      Europe’s problem is with Russia, not Putin

      The west acts as if it had a Vladimir Putin problem. In fact it has a Russia problem. The Russian president stands...

    26. May 31, 2015

      Russia imposes travel ban on ‘hostile’ EU citizens

      Russia has barred 89 EU citizens from entering the country, singling out politicians and other officials from nations...

    27. May 29, 2015

      Andrzej Duda, accidental president

      The first time Andrzej Duda blocked his rival’s path to the presidency, Poland was in the grip of a national tragedy....

    28. May 26, 2015

      Russia says it is not ‘right time’ to deliver missiles to Iran

      Russia says it will not deliver high-end air defence missiles to Iran in the near future, despite last month lifting an...

    29. May 25, 2015

      The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, has long enjoyed a reputation for being an indefatigable diplomat, engaging in...

    30. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection...

    31. May 21, 2015

      Russians confronted by the ultimate test of loyalties

      As Russia became embroiled in the war in Ukraine last summer, Olga Talalay jumped at the chance to escape the politics...

    32. May 20, 2015

      Only high-level talks can penetrate the fog of war

      Has Vladimir Putin scored a diplomatic victory against the Obama administration? Until last week, Washington was...

    33. May 20, 2015

      Russia weighs on EU’s eastern ambitions

      The last time EU leaders met the six former Soviet countries in the bloc’s Eastern Partnership programme in Vilnius,...

    34. May 18, 2015

      Russia accuses west of stirring revolution in Macedonia

      Macedonia is emerging as a potential flashpoint in a geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the west, with Moscow...

    35. May 18, 2015

      US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe

      The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline...

    36. May 15, 2015

      Russia economy declines 1.9% in first quarter

      Russia’s economy contracted by 1.9 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in...

    37. May 13, 2015

      Nato says Russian nuclear talk irresponsible

      Russia is irresponsibly stepping up its nuclear rhetoric in a bid to rattle the west, Nato’s military chief has said,...

    38. May 12, 2015

      Thousands take part in Estonia’s war games

      For more than a week now, the birch forests and heaths across Estonia have echoed with gunfire, explosions and the...

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