• Published on 5 Dec 2017 Sections Sport

    Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. But its athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to take part in the Games as neutrals. The International Olympic Committee decision, made in the last hour, followed claims that Russian officials ran a covert doping operation for…

  • Published on 5 Dec 2017 Sections Sport

    Jim Walden, Grigory Rodchenkov’s lawyer, responds to accusations from the Russian state that the doping scandal was in fact all Dr Rodchenkov’s doing.

  • Published on 1 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, United States

    Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the transition. Earlier, I spoke to Masha Gessen, journalist and long-time critic of Vladimir Putin, who has written a book called The Future is History, which argues that totalitarianism has reclaimed Russia. I started…

  • Published on 27 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    Now stop me if this sounds familiar: a rich, reality television star is running for president – underestimated by the powers that be. This, though, is the celebrity journalist and socialite Ksenia Sobchak – who’s running for the Russian presidency against Vladimir Putin. The 36 year old hails from a well known political dynasty –…

  • Published on 23 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    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…

  • Published on 7 Jul 2017 Sections Politics, United States, World

    Welcome to Hamburg, where after all the anticipation, all the intrigue, all the build-up, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have finally held their first face-to-face talks, their encounter lasting more than two hours. They emerged with news of a ceasefire deal for Syria.

  • Published on 24 Jun 2017 Sections Politics, World

    The Russian president enjoys approval ratings Western leaders can only dream of, even as they dismiss him as an isolationist and authoritarian leader. What is the secret of Putin’s appeal?

  • Published on 19 Jun 2017 Sections Syria, United States

    In Syria, tensions have once again escalated after American forces brought down a Syrian government jet near the contested city of Raqqa. Moscow, which backs the Assad regime, has retaliated by suspending an agreement with Washington, aimed at avoiding clashes and says it will in future regard US planes as potential targets.

  • Published on 15 Jun 2017 Sections World

    Why IS the weather so bad? Please can you fill in the potholes? What about that problem with Turkish tomatoes? Why haven’t you got married again? Did you really mess with the American election? Yes – today was the annual Putin phone-in, as the Russian President fielded questions from a nation getting everything, or ALMOST…

  • Published on 29 May 2017 Sections Politics, World

    Kasparov is the chairman of the human rights foundation and former world chess champion. He now lives in America and has spoken about Russian meddling in the US election. In his new book Deep Thinking he discusses our relationship with artificial intelligence and reminisces on the moment twenty years ago when he was beaten at…

  • Published on 29 May 2017 Sections France, Syria

    President Macron may be fresh to the job but he has wasted no time in availing himself of all the grand stage craft of the French Presidency to impress his guests. Today he hosted Vladimir Putin in Versaille. With deep disagreements over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine – as well as allegations of Russian…

  • Published on 26 May 2017 Sections

    In the US, the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has a new person of interest – President Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner. He’s not accused of committing any crimes, but the FBI probe is focused on meetings he held in December in the weeks after the…

  • Published on 18 May 2017 Sections Politics, United States, World

    Remember how a few days ago the White House was still saying that NO special counsel was needed to investigate links between Russia and the Trump campaign. Well now there is one.

  • Published on 16 May 2017 Sections Politics, United States

    A defiant Donald Trump has insisted he was perfectly within his rights to share “information pertaining to terror” with the Russians. After aides last night scrambled to deny any classified information had been revealed, today the President declared his meeting with Russia’s foreign minister had been “very, very successful”.

  • Published on 11 May 2017 Sections United States, World

    Joining us from New York to discuss this more is Jeffrey Ringel, whose career in the FBI spanned more than two decades – and from Washington DC, Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.