Writing from Sevastapol, the BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson explains how the Russian president is stalling - and his Crimean coup is an attempt to distract the west.
While his statements on Crimea are alarming, rumours of the Russian president's death have been – oh, you know how it goes.
The Foreign Secretary warns about the threat Russia poses to Britain's security, seeing relations going from prickly to poor.
Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure.
I grew up in a family of Soviet intelligentsia, but the relentless propaganda from Russia’s state-controlled media has convinced my father that I am not a patriot. I am a disappointment.
A damning report by the House of Lords condemns the UK's failure to take the Russian threat and Ukraine crisis seriously.
Mina Moiseevna Yuditskaya, Putin's former German teacher, recounts her experiences with the most powerful man in Russia.
In Ukraine’s battle against Russian-backed separatists, civilians keep the army equipped.
The fall in oil's price is being felt keenly in Moscow, where the Putin government is struggling to cope with the knock-on effects.
War in Ukraine, economic woes and the decline of an autocrat, by Robert Skidelsky.