Novichok attack: Russia denounces ‘draconian’ new US sanctions
The administration has imposed fresh sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March.
UK makes extradition request for Russian Salisbury poisoning suspects, reports say
It’s been reported that the government is putting in an extradition request to Moscow for two Russian nationals suspected of the Salisbury Novichok poisoning. The move is likely to put further strain on Russian-UK relations which have been difficult ever since the attack in March.
Ivo Daalder: Trump must confront Putin over Skripal “chemical weapon attack”
Former US Ambassador to Nato, Ivo Daalder, discusses President Trump’s approach to the summit. Are Donald Trump’s calls on NATO to spend 4 per cent of GDP on defence realistic?
World Cup kicks off with LGBT rights activist’s arrest and jailed opposition leader’s release
A massive game of political football kicked off today. The Russian World Cup has been criticised for being a showpiece for the Putin Presidency. And as if to illustrate that perfectly, his main opponent was released from jail just hours before the Russian national team convincingly won the first game of the month-long tournament. Our…
‘Murdered’ Russian journalist turns up alive after staged death
The Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko – reportedly murdered in Kiev – turned up alive and well at a news conference in Ukraine. The Ukranian security services said the murder had been staged to expose Russian agents in their country. Mr Babchenko’s wife was not ‘in’ on the subterfuge – she’d said her husband was shot in…
Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Putin ‘lives and rules like Al Capone’
While Britain places the blame for the Skripal poisonings firmly on Russia, we went to meet the exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky to ask about the Kremlin’s continuing strained relationship with the West. He was once Russia’s richest man, as head of the oil giant Yukos, before spending 10 years in prison for tax evasion.…