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

Inside Story

What does Trump really think about Russia and US vote?

The US president says he believes Vladimir Putin's denials, but also accepts CIA confirmation of meddling.

Europe

White and red: Tales from the Russian Revolution

Two men chose opposing sides in the events 1917. Their decisions changed forever the lives of their families.

White and red: Tales from the Russian Revolution

Middle East

Syria takes centre stage as Putin meets Iran's leaders

With Iran's expanding regional influence, talks between Moscow and Tehran are likely to shape future of the Middle East.

Syria takes centre stage as Putin meets Iran's leaders

Russia

Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jail

Navalny was arrested last month as he prepared to travel to the city of Nizhny Novgorod to lead a rally.

Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jail

People & Power

Russia: The Orthodox connection

What lies behind the close relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and President Vladimir Putin?

Reporter's Notebook

Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

Opinion

Putin vs Navalny: The street will decide

The presidential race in Russia has started and its outcome will be determined in the streets.

Roman Dobrokhotov

by Roman Dobrokhotov

Roman Dobrokhotov

Asia Pacific

Korean Peninsula 'balancing on the brink', Putin says

Russian leader warns North Asia faces 'large-scale conflict' and urges dialogue without preconditions.

Vladimir Putin says pressure on North Korea 'futile'

United States

Trump thanks Putin for expelling US diplomatic staff

Russian move will 'save a lot of money' after 755 diplomatic staff in Russia were expelled, US president says.

Trump thanks Putin for expelling US diplomatic staff

Inside Story

Can the US and Russia de-escalate rising tensions?

Moscow accuses Washington of 'full-scale trade war' after President Trump reluctantly approves new sanctions.