Pair have been friends since 2009, but security concerns were raised because of the Russian tycoon’s father, a one-time Moscow spy
Luke HardingDrugs, a mural of Stalin, and Boris #Johnson - our exclusive investigation into Evgeny Lebedev's "hedonistic" parties in London and Italy and his decade-long relationship with the British prime minister. By me and @dansabbagh
Exclusive: New York-based analyst Igor Danchenko did gather intelligence about Trump but he is certainly not a spy, he says
Luke HardingHere's my exclusive interview with Igor Danchenko, the #Russian analyst behind the Steele dossier. He says he "stands by" his work, including allegations that Trump was compromised in #Moscow's Ritz-Carlton hotel. "I got it right," he says
Exclusive: stark conclusion shared between London, Berlin and Paris in effect points finger at Kremlin
Luke HardingScoop: the UK government has evidence that #Russia's FSB spy agency was behind Alexei @navalny's poisoning, points the finger at its 2nd Service, headed by Gen Alexei Sedov. Sedov is ex-KGB, close to Putin, and in charge of combating "political extremism"
The FSB takes a preeminent role in directing Russia's politics. How did cutthroat Soviets shape a generation of kleptocrats?
Luke HardingI'm speaking at the @AtlanticCouncil 11am EST (4pm UK) to discuss a major new report into #Russia's #FSB spy agency. How did Vladimir #Putin's old service grow so powerful? And what role does it play in modern-day corruption, repression & political murder?
BBC Panorama claims relate to Lubov Chernukhin, who donated £1.7m over eight years
Luke HardingLubov Chernukhin's husband received $8m from a #Russian oligarch months before the #Brexit vote. She's subsequently given more than £1.5m to the Conservative party. Deutsche Bank flagged the transaction as suspicious. Full story tonight on @BBCPanorama
Russian opposition leader taken off ventilator and can leave his bed, hospital reports
Luke HardingAlexey @navalny continues to improve, now off a ventilator and pottering around - my latest with @kimwillsher1 in Paris. Oh, and Emmanuel Macron's attempts to reset ties with #Moscow are over after French lab confirms Navalny poisoned with #novichok
Lawyer was one of few remaining leading members of coordination council still free
Luke HardingAnother grim day in #Belarus: masked men seize the opposition lawyer Maxim Znak, Maria Kolesnikova who ripped up her passport Tuesday is charged with inciting a coup. And Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich speaks out
One of three women leading opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko was last seen being bundled into van in Minsk
Luke HardingDramatic events in #Belarus this morning: state agents drive Maria Kolesnikova to the border with Ukraine, she rips up passport to stop them from forcibly deporting her. The opposition leader is now back in Belarus detention, her whereabouts unclear
Kolesnikova on council calling for a peaceful transfer of power amid post-election protests
Luke HardingGrim news from #Belarus this morning: masked men kidnap the opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova from a street in Minsk. Her team is also missing. The #Kremlin-backed Lukashenko regime appears determined to crush the protest movement
Berlin calls attack on Russian opposition leader an ‘astounding act’ and demands urgent explanation from Moscow
Luke HardingThe Kremlin will deny, of course. But the poisoning of Alexey @navalny with #novichok is the clearest statement yet by Vladimir #Putin of his eternal contempt for the West, his critics and the rule of law