Syria's War

Shells fired from buffer zone, soldiers killed: Monitor

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels, government forces exchanged fire, violating deal to remove heavy arms.

Shells fired from Syria buffer zone, soldiers killed: SOHR

Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed from prison

Navalny, one of Putin's biggest political rivals, was in prison for organising protests against the Kremlin.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed from prison

Opinion

Decentralisation in Syria: A lesser evil

History shows that decentralisation could be an effective way to resolve tensions in diverse societies.

Leonid Issaev

by Leonid Issaev
- Andrey Zakharov

Leonid Issaev

Europe

Ukraine's Orthodox Church is now independent of Russia

Ukraine's president is declaring a victory, while Russia warns of geopolitical and religious conflict.

Kazakhstan

Soyuz crew in lucky escape after mid-air rocket failure

The space travellers landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan after a Russian booster rocket failed.

Battle for Idlib

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Withdrawal of heavy arms by rebel groups fulfills first part of Russian-Turkish deal to avoid Idlib assault.

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Skripal poisoning

Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified: Report

The man was identified as Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian GRU intelligence service.

Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified: Research group

Russia

Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?

The system is an upgrade to the S-300, which Syria recently purchased, with potential clients such as India and Turkey.

Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?

Sport

Khabib on UFC McGregor brawl: 'He talked about my religion'

Muslim Russian fighter leaps into McGregor's corner and sparks scuffles after retaining lightweight title in Las Vegas.

Khabib on UFC McGregor brawl: 'He talked about my religion'

Syria's War

Syria rebels begin moving heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

The move is part of a deal signed between Russia, a Syrian government ally, and Turkey, which backs the rebels.

Latvia

Latvia elections: Pro-Russia, Pro-Europe parties see gains

A quarter of Latvia's population is ethnic Russians, bolstering support for the Harmony party.

Latvia elections: Pro-Russia, Pro-Europe parties see gains

Opinion

Why we know so much about Russia's GRU operations

Russia's military intelligence has failed spectacularly to cover up its tracks at home and abroad.

Roman Dobrokhotov

by Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov

Asia

India signs $5bn deal with Russia that risks US ties

New Delhi signs $5bn deal to buy one of the most advanced missile defence systems amid looming threat of US sanctions.

India signs S-400 deal with Russia sidestepping US opposition

Asia

India signs $5bn deal to purchase Russian S-400 missile system

President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sign deal despite the looming threat of sanctions by the US.

India signs $5bn deal to purchase Russian S-400 missile system

Asia

Putin arrives in India for arms deal worth billions of dollars

The Russian president to ink defence deal worth $5bn as Moscow plans to cement ties amid opposition from the US.

Putin arrives in India for arms deal worth billions of dollars