• 7 Apr 2018

    The Russian embassy in London has called for a meeting with the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the Salisbury poison attack – claiming its dealings with the UK had been “utterly unsatisfactory”. The Foreign Office hit back, saying it was Russia’s response that had been unsatisfactory – accusing them of failing to answer numerous questions…

  • 4 Apr 2018

    The head of Porton Down, the government’s military research facility, appears to have contradicted claims by the foreign secretary over the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei Skripal. Boris Johnson seemingly confirmed that scientists had “no doubt” that the nerve agent used was made in Russia. But Porton Down now says it has “not identified the precise source”.

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Of course the incident in Salisbury prompted one of the most co-ordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats from countries across the Western world. And tonight, finally, Russia has responded – announcing in the last hour that it is to expel 150 diplomats – almost half of them from the US.

  • 26 Mar 2018

    When a former Russian spy and his daughter were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury, it wasn’t long before investigators started looking at the Kremlin with suspicion. But how strong is the UK’s evidence against Russia? And what do the experts think?

  • 12 Mar 2018

    What are Theresa May’s options in response to Salisbury poisoning?

    Theresa May has gone to the top end of the diplomatic lexicon to condemn the attack on a Russian spy and his daughter. The Prime Minister said it constituted an “unlawful use of force” and “more extensive measures” would follow. The Russian government has been given until tomorrow night to explain how a nerve agent…

  • 8 Mar 2018

    Klaus Buchner, German member of the European Parliament, and Bill Browder, who has campaigned for Russian sanctions following the dealth of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, discuss the Sergei Skripal case.

  • 8 Mar 2018

    What do we know about the nerve agents that could have been used in this attack and why are they so deadly?

  • 8 Mar 2018

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the alleged attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter was a “brazen and reckless attack”. But she stopped short of blaming Russia. And Russia has denied involvement. The pair are still critically ill, but the police officer who went to their aid is now able to speak from…

  • 24 Feb 2018

    A former top adviser to the Trump presidential election campaign has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy. Rick Gates is now expected to become a co-operating witness for the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian interference in the presidential election.

  • 24 Feb 2018

    As a musical genre it’s rough and industrial. But fans and producers of techno say it’s beautiful computerised soul music. It grew out of inner city Detroit and exploded into the warehouse raves of Berlin and London in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was typically dominated by men, but now has a new…

  • 20 Dec 2017

    The Russian Embassy put forward some stats in response to the former foreign secretary. But we’re not convinced their argument is as strong as it appears.

  • 2 Dec 2017

    President Trump has tweeted that he fired his former national security adviser General Mike Flynn “because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI”. An interesting move, given he might have tried to keep the media focus today on his tax cutting bill, which was passed late last night by the Senate, despite controversy…

  • 23 Nov 2017

    London’s Saatchi Gallery has been transformed into a Russian-style prison through immersive theatre. Political artist and Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova devised the show, she spent two years in a Russian jail after her group’s anti-Putin protests, and is now fighting for prison reform. Before he worked on this programme Channel 4 News’ Kieron Bryan…

  • 23 Nov 2017

    When it comes to Syria, Russia has been doing a great deal of diplomatic leg work in recent days, meeting with Iran and Turkey to broker a post-conflict settlement. Today, a top Russian general said Russia was likely to reduce troop numbers in Syria. But the Russians and the Syrian regime also seem in a…

  • 16 Nov 2017

    We’ve heard a lot in recent weeks about Russia’s alleged involvement in the EU referendum. On Monday, Theresa May said Vladimir Putin’s government was trying to “undermine free societies” and was “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. Although on Wednesday, the Prime Minister appeared to soften her language. She told parliament: “if…