In episode 4 of AFP's podcast series, we examine how Alexei Navalny’s dogged investigations into corruption made him Vladimir Putin’s most troublesome opponent.
Facing certain imprisonment, Alexei Navalny returns to Russia. AFP was with him on the plane, but who is this man some call a hero and others denounce as a nationalist or Western agent?
Who is Alexei Navalny? What do we know about his poisoning? Is there any real opposition left in Russia? And do we have anything to fear from Russia? The answers are to be found in this AFP podcast series
The tension grows between Russia and the European Union as Russia expells three EU diplomats - from Germany, Poland and Sweden - for their alleged participation in rallies supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell jets to Moscow on Thursday under pressure to confront the Kremlin over the jailing of Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protesters
European countries have threatened sanctions on Russia over the alleged nerve agent attack on Alexei Navalny, but a concerted decision will be tough to reach given the interests at stake