• 11 Feb 2018

    Last year was one of the safest in aviation history. This year is already looking less promising. Today 71 people are feared dead after a plane crash in Russia.  The plane from Saratov Airlines disappeared shortly after taking off from an airport in Moscow and reportedly came down near the town of Argunovo about 50…

  • 10 Feb 2018

    Andrey Zvyagintsev is a household name in Russia. One of the country’s most acclaimed film directors his portrayals of life in Putin’s Russia are unflinching, unremitting and unforgettable. No wonder the authorities have fallen out of love with him. They refused to help fund his latest film Loveless about a divorced couple in a bleak…

  • 28 Jan 2018

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been arrested after his supporters staged demonstrations against the forthcoming presidential election. In chaotic scenes which were caught on camera, he was bundled into a police van. Earlier police used an angle-grinder to break into his online TV channel and make arrests. Navalny is barred from standing in the…

  • 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.

  • 5 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 5 Dec 2017

    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.

  • 1 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 27 Nov 2017

    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 –…

  • 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…

  • 7 Jul 2017

    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.

  • 24 Jun 2017

    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?

  • 19 Jun 2017

    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.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    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…

  • 29 May 2017

    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…

  • 29 May 2017

    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…