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
In an exclusive interview, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discusses the failed coup and the ongoing crackdown.
Turkey attempted coup, Turkey, Middle East
This series explores the dark and dramatic history of France's relationships with its former African colonies.
Politics, France, Africa
A Palestinian cameraman records the 2014 Israeli assault on Shujayea, including the final moments of his own life.
Media, Gaza, Israel
What is behind Venezuela's descent into chaos and the bitter ideological struggle dividing the nation?
Business & Economy, Politics, Venezuela