Putin’s pals are pushing his buttons.
Rivalry between the Russian president's allies could be making his life hard.
Pole position: the resource-rich Arctic matters like never before.
As the ice recedes and technology for recovering resources in extreme conditions improves, the Arctic could become the theatre for future global conflicts. Here's the story so far.
Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, one of the suspects, is taken into custody.
Prime suspect has retracted his confession, yet the Chechen Republic
Once upon a time it was an eternal indestructible friendship
The remnants of the Cuba-Soviet relationship are still very much part of Cuban culture – a fact on display at this month's Miami International Film Festival
Backstairs politics: Kevin Spacey and Lars Mikkelsen.
The West's most popular political drama has finally started taking Russia seriously – a measure of how much Putin has changed the game.
The cast of BBC Radio 4’s adaptation.
Tolstoy’s celebrated novel War and Peace has recently been enjoying some fresh attention thanks to a number of adaptations. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a ten-part adaptation of the novel. Later this year, the…
A Russian school bus. Going in the right direction?
A new survey has found many Russians want reforms to schools and better quality control of education.
A sign remembering murdered Russian democracy activist Boris Nemtsov sums up the mood: it reads “Boris”; but with the last letter added it means “fight”.
Boris Nemtsov's warning about the festering bureaucratic corruption under Putin made him powerful enemies.
The face of a Russia that could have been.
For Russia to make peace with its troubled post-Communist history, it needs a 1990s hero to remember. Boris Nemtsov could be just that.
Moscow remembers: the Nemtsov memorial march.
Russians took to the streets in their thousands to protest the murder of Boris Nemtsov – but can popular dissent withstand deadly intimidation?
Scene of the crime.
The death of Boris Nemtsov is a watershed moment for Russia, that also sees the passing of certain assumptions in the country.
Brinkmanship is back.
Pipeline image via www.shutterstock.com
As tensions run high over Russia's gas supplies to the Ukraine, and by extension parts of Europe, the reality for the EU is less than perfect: it will need Russian gas for the foreseeable future.
Move along now.
Ministry of Defence
When military aircraft fly invisible to civilian flights it could represent a disaster waiting to happen.
Observing the MH17 crash site.
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe is the only hope for neutral information about what's going on in Eastern Ukraine.
Not the road to peace.
The second Minsk agreement is being implemented in fits and starts, but outbreaks of violence show Ukraine is still on a knife-edge.
Despite a cease fire, military activities continue in Ukraine.
US and European policy is pushing Russia into China’s arms.
They didn’t call it ‘Euromaidan’ for nothing.
Fairly or not, the European Union's foreign policy has been an international laughing stock for two decades. But Ukraine is changing that.
‘And steer left to see Jamaica Inn’.
Russia has long taken day trips in Europe but it is ratcheting up its schedule.
Ukrainian servicemen retreat from the Debaltseve area.
Instead of worrying whether the latest ceasefire deal will keep Ukraine at peace, we should be getting on with making it a viable state again.
A war footing for business?
The turmoil of 2014 was a timely reminder to businesses that they need to be prepared and have contingency plans for global conflict. The crisis in Ukraine brought Russia and the West to the brink of military…