The doping scandal is the latest in a string of misadventures in Putin's pursuit of Soviet-style greatness.
12 Nov 2015 11:20 GMT | Politics, Sport, Russia, Olympics
The ignominious end of Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakhstan's most feared man, heir apparent, sugar czar, fugitive.
04 Mar 2015 12:16 GMT
Did Boris Nemtsov, the bogeyman of Russia's rising nationalism, push his luck by provoking Putin repeatedly?
01 Mar 2015 07:25 GMT | War & Conflict, Human Rights, Politics, Russia
Ukraine stands on the precipice of war as pressure mounts on Putin, seen as 'saviour' of the Eastern Slavic world.
Peter Zalmayev | 05 May 2014 10:58 GMT | Politics, Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany
By issuing ultimatums and then failing to follow up, Kiev has further emboldened the rabble-rousers.
Peter Zalmayev | 24 Apr 2014 08:12 GMT | Politics, US & Canada, Afghanistan, Estonia, Iraq
Even without an armed conflict, Russia's Crimean adventure has set it on a course of protracted collision with the West.
Peter Zalmayev | 20 Mar 2014 06:58 GMT | Politics, Latin America, Cuba, Estonia, Latvia
Can a new heat-resistant vaccine for the highly contagious rotavirus save the lives of children in Niger?
Health, Niger, Africa
Staying fit and healthy is not easy in a slum, and many residents must perform a delicate balancing act to get by.
Health, Asia, Philippines
After an EU referendum campaign replete with racism and fear, we examine the British media's impact on the result.
Media, Brexit consequences, United Kingdom
A ski industry has sprung up in the remote alps of Afghanistan. But will this enterprise survive a resurgent Taliban?