Inside Story

Why does Russia say protests are illegal?

Police detain hundreds of protesters rallying against a ban on opposition candidates for Moscow elections.

AJ Impact

Russian ruble takes a hit from US sanctions, hits two-month low

President Trump signs an executive order increasing pressure on countries under sanction for using chemical weapons.

Russian ruble takes a hit from US sanctions, hits two-month low

Russia

Why does Alexei Navalny rattle the Kremlin?

Opposition figure and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin commands strong following among young Russians.

Why does Alexei Navalny rattle the Kremlin?

Europe

Russia's Alexei Navalny discharged from hospital: Doctor

Top opposition leader returned to prison after treatment for what was described as an 'allergic reaction'.

Russia's Alexei Navalny discharged from hospital: Doctor

Russia

Hundreds arrested at Moscow demonstration for free elections

Recent wave of Moscow protests was sparked by move to ban all but a few opposition candidates vying for city council.

Hundreds arrested at Moscow demonstration for free elections

Counting the Cost

What's driving Russia's interest in Africa?

We look at rising Russia-Africa trade, the economics behind the S-400 deal, and new players in the gaming industry.

Russia

Putin says Russia will not impose trade restrictions on Georgia

The Russian leader made the pledge after the country's legislature voted in favour of trade controls.

Putin says Russia will not impose trade restrictions on Georgia

Ukraine

Ukraine's Zelensky proposes new peace talks with Russia's Putin

Kremlin considering Volodymyr Zelensky's proposal for expanded peace talks including US President Donald Trump.

Ukraine's Zelensky proposes new peace talks with Russia's Putin

Counting the Cost

Who runs OPEC? Russia, Saudi and the hunt for higher oil prices

Has the quest for higher oil prices forced Saudi Arabia to relinquish control of the cartel to Putin's Russia?

United States

Trump tells Putin 'don't meddle' in US elections

US leader appears to make light of scandal that led to investigation of his election campaign contact with Russia.

Vladimir Putin

Liberalism 'obsolete', says Putin before G20 summit

Russian president says the liberal idea has 'outlived its purpose' as he praises the rise of populism in Europe and US.

Putin derides liberalism as 'obsolete' before G20 summit

Europe

Georgians rally for justice over crackdown on anti-Russia protest

Hundreds demonstrate across Georgia over Russian MP scandal that prompted protest before heavy-handed police crackdown.

Georgians rally for justice over crackdown on anti-Russia protest

Europe

Putin says US sanctions on Huawei intended to weaken China

Many Russians are less interested in war rhetoric and international issues, and are much more focused on making ends meet.

Russia

Russia: Putin vows not to budge despite extension of EU sanctions

President speaks on EU sanctions and a range of other internal and external matters during annual call-in show.

Russia: Putin vows not to budge despite extension of EU sanctions

Netherlands

Netherlands set to name suspects in 2014 attack on MH17

Investigators are expected to announce criminal proceedings over the July 2014 attack on the commercial aircraft.

Netherlands set to name suspects in 2014 attack on MH17