Inside Story

Can Russia's opposition win against Putin?

If Putin wins the March election, it would mean he would have spent 24 years as leader by the end of his term.

Russia

Putin calls St Petersburg explosion 'act of terror'

President's description at odds with inquiry opened by local authorities into 'attempted murder of two or more people'.

St Petersburg explosion 'an act of terror': Putin

Russia

Russia's Navalny barred from presidential run

Opposition leader calls for boycott of 2018 vote after poll committee cites his fraud conviction to hand down ruling.

Russia's Alexei Navalny barred from presidential run

Inside Story

Are the US and Russia headed for more tension in 2018?

As the year winds down, Donald Trump describes Moscow as a threat and Vladimir Putin accuses Washington of aggression.

Opinion

How Putin became a problem for Russian oligarchs

The threat of US sanctions makes closer links to the the Russian president not so desirable.

Roman Dobrokhotov

by Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov

Vladimir Putin

Syrian 'victory' kickstarts Putin's election campaign

In the aftermath of the war in Syria and against a weak field, Russian president poised for 2018 re-election.

Russia

Putin orders beginning of withdrawal from Syria

In surprise visit to airbase in Syria, Russian president orders his troops to start pulling out of the war-torn country.

Putin orders beginning of withdrawal from Syria

Opinion

Is Russia afraid of losing Syria?

In the post-conflict period, the Syrian regime will not have much use for Russian military backing. It will need money.

Leonid Issaev

by Leonid Issaev

Leonid Issaev

Opinion

Is Chechnya's Kadyrov really 'dreaming' of quitting?

Chechen President Ramazan Kadyrov talks about standing down to assert his indispensability.

Mark Galeotti

by Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti

Chechnya

Russia's Chechnya leader says he is ready to resign

' Now we have order and prosperity ... and time has come for changes in the Chechen Republic'

Russia's Chechnya leader says he is ready to resign

Opinion

Is Vladimir Putin tired?

Almost four months before the presidential elections, the Russian president still hasn't announced if he will run.

Leonid Ragozin

by Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin

Inside Story

Can Putin's plan bring peace to Syria?

Russian president has welcomed his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to map out a strategy for the day fighting stops.

Bashar al-Assad

Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

Russian and Syrian presidents meet to discuss strategy against 'terrorism' and political settlement options.

Inside Story

Is the war in Syria really almost over?

Syria's president visits Russia to thank his allies for their sacrifices and for 'saving' his country.

Opinion

Will Mohammed bin Salman be Arabia's Vladimir Putin?

Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to consolidate power mirror Vladimir Putin's, but there is an important difference.

Yury Barmin

by Yury Barmin

Yury Barmin