Middle East

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

Russia denies targeting alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in Deir Az Zor as both sides battle ISIL in the province.

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

Middle East

Deal struck on final Syria de-escalation zones

Iran, Turkey and Russia unveil plan in Astana calling for end to hostilities in zones in mainly opposition-held areas.

Final de-escalation zones agreed on in Astana

People & Power

Estonia: Going on a Bear Hunt

How would Estonia and its NATO allies respond should the small Baltic state be invaded by Russia?

Europe

'Political Uber' versus Vladimir Putin's party

Tech-based campaign strategy led to surprising opposition wins in some Moscow districts against Putin stalwarts.

'Political Uber' versus Vladimir Putin's party

Russia

Russia's large-scale Zapad war games unnerve the West

Western officials raise concerns Moscow may use drills as a 'Trojan horse' to make incursions into Poland and Baltics.

Russia's large-scale Zapad war games unnerve the West

NATO

Turkey set to buy Russian missile defence system

Putin's adviser confirms agreement marking the NATO member's first major weapons purchase from Russia.

Turkey set to buy Russian missile defence system

Middle East

Russian FM: Saudi Arabia backs Syria peace process

Sergey Lavrov says kingdom has assured its support for setting up 'de-escalation' zones in Syria under Astana deal.

Lavrov: Saudi Arabia committed to solve Syria crisis

Middle East

Russian air raids kill 34 civilians near Deir Az Zor

Raids targeted civilians fleeing violence on ferries across the Euphrates River, UK-based monitoring group alleged.

Russian air raids kill 34 civilians near Deir Az Zor

Middle East

Russia urges direct talks, GCC unity amid Gulf crisis

Russian foreign minister meets Saudi counterpart in Jeddah and calls on Gulf countries to resolve differences.

Lavrov urges direct talks, GCC unity amid Gulf crisis

Europe

Russia eyes potential investors at Army 2017 weapons fair

Russia's second biggest defence contractor is celebrating a deal selling a minority stake in the company to investors from the Gulf. The cash injection is welcome in a country isolated from many traditional investment channels by US and EU sanction

Religion

Evictions, trials as Russian Church claims property

With the resurgence of a Kremlin-endorsed monastery, islanders on Valaam have endured trials, evictions and arson.

Evictions, trials as Russian Church claims property

Europe

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin mining gains popularity in Russia

The low cost of energy in a Russian city is turning it into a Bitcoin powerhouse. It's raising questions about how to regulate the use of the virtual currency.

Inside Story

What influence do BRICS nations have?

China's president calls for a more 'just' world order at the conclusion of the ninth BRICS summit.

Politics

'Global catastrophe': Putin sounds North Korea warning

Russian president criticises US diplomacy in the crisis, cautioning that tougher sanctions would be counterproductive.

Putin opposes military action against North Korea

Inside Story

Could military action on North Korea start a world war?

The world is wrestling with the threat posed by the country's most powerful nuclear bomb test yet.