Europe

Putin wants Kremlin to control rap music in Russia

Moulding rap in the Kremlin's image - Putin's new message of co-opting rather than cracking down on music culture.

Ukraine

Ukraine creates new Orthodox church independent from Russia

Orthodox bishops in Kiev choose leader of a new national church, marking an historic split from Russia.

Ukraine creates new Orthodox church independent from Russia

Europe

Ukraine set to establish new church, secure split from Russia

Meeting in Kiev's Saint Sophia's Cathedral aims to unite branches of the Orthodox church into a single independent body.

Syria's War

Iran, Russia, Turkey to meet UN envoy next week on Syria: UN

Staffan de Mistura will hold high-level talks next week to work on setting up a constitutional committee, the UN said.

Iran, Russia, Turkey to meet UN envoy next week on Syria: UN

European Union

EU prolongs Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Tusk

Moscow to cope with six more months of European sanctions for 'zero progress' in implementation of Ukraine peace accord.

EU prolongs Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Tusk

United States

Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty in US court

Butina becomes the first Russian to be convicted of working to shape US policy during the 2016 election campaign.

Europe

Putin leads 25th anniversary celebrations of Russian constitution

As Russia observes 25th anniversary of its constitution, many activists say there is not much to celebrate.

Russia

Russia scoffs at US criticism of bomber deployment to Venezuela

Massive Tu-160 bomber is capable of carrying conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 5,550km.

Russia scoffs at US criticism of bomber deployment to Venezuela

Armenia

Polls close in Armenia's early parliamentary election

Vote is a test of the power shift in Armenia following the peaceful revolution earlier this year.

Syria's War

US accuses Russia, Syria of lying about Aleppo 'chemical attack'

Syrian opposition denied launching a poison gas attack in November, saying the government was trying to frame them.

US accuses Russia, Syria of lying about Aleppo 'chemical attack'

UpFront

Was the Brexit vote free and fair?

We discuss data theft, Russian interference, and illegal campaign spending during the Brexit referendum.

Was the Brexit vote free and fair?

Europe

Wife of Ukrainian officer appeals to Putin to release him

Vasili Soroka was one of 23 servicemen captured after three Ukrainian boats were fired upon in the Black Sea last month.

Opinion

Wag the dog in Ukraine?

What was the Kerch incident really about?

Leonid Ragozin

by Leonid Ragozin

Leonid Ragozin

United States

US gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

Pompeo says US will suspend its obligations under the treaty if Russia doesn't dismantle missiles the US says breach it.

Ukraine

Ukraine: Movement through Kerch strait 'partially restored'

Russia blocked the strategic strait last week and captured three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members after a stand off.

Ukraine: Movement through Kerch strait 'partially restored'