Peter Mandelson joins board of Russian firm ‘with organised crime links’

Former Labour minister risks controversy by joining AFK Sistema group, which was implicated in 2010 WikiLeaks cable Lord Mandelson risked courting controversy after he accepted nomination to the board of a Russian company with alleged links to organised crime and corruption. The former Labour cabinet minister and European trade commissioner will become an independent director […]


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Boris Berezovsky and the dangers of being a Russian exile in the UK

Boris Berezovsky was the Kremlin’s bogeyman for many years. He’s not the only Russian exile in the UK to meet a suspicious death – so is Putin really silencing his enemies in Britain? The circumstances of Boris Berezovsky’s tragic death seem clear enough. A depressed man, a locked bathroom, bruises on the neck. Berezovsky’s bodyguard […]


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Cyprus crisis: politicians race to agree details of ‘plan B’

ECB ratchets up pressure as party leaders met to agree a package that would satisfy its eurozone partners and the IMF Cypriot politicians were racing to agree details of a “plan B” to rescue their economy on Thursday night, after the European Central Bank threatened to withdraw support for the country’s banking sector if a […]


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EasyJet launches cheap flights from London to Moscow

The low-cost airline competes with British Airways as only the second UK airline to fly to Russia’s capital city Ministers have welcomed the introduction of low-cost flights between London and Moscow as a boost to trade and investment, as the first easyJet service for the Russian capital departed on Monday. EasyJet started its no-frills flights […]


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Man behind MegaFon pictured with alleged Russian gangsters

• Telecoms company’s London flotation slips • Post-Communist Moscow connections emerge The photograph is low quality and appears similar to any taken of a group of male friends after dinner in post-Communist Moscow. But contained within this grainy 1994 shot, are some remarkable characters who have suddenly started to fascinate City bankers. On the bottom […]


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Richard Branson to lobby Russia over Moscow flight route

Virgin describes CAA’s decision to award last flight slots to rival airline easyJet as ‘disappointing, surprising and strange’ The Virgin boss Richard Branson is to fly to Moscow to lobby the Russian government to open its airports to more UK airlines after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Wednesday awarded rights to the last flight […]


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Santiago Carrillo obituary

Communist leader committed to democracy in post-Franco Spain, but whose party found little electoral support A key player in the transition to democracy in Spain, Santiago Carrillo Solares, who has died aged 97, was the the longest-serving secretary-general of the Partido Comunista de España (PCE). However, the changes he was so keen to promote in […]


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