Eduard Shevardnadze, who has died aged 86, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s foreign minister from 1985 onwards and played a key part in guiding Russia towards (...)

Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. The former Soviet president  dismissed the request for his prosecution as “absolutely unreasonable from the historic point of view”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Natruskin

Most Russians are overjoyed that the Crimea is once more part of their territory and that Russian president V(...)

John Fitzpatrick:  Organised with Denis O’Brien the dinner  for Bill Clinton at Shanahan’s on  St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former US president Bill Clinton shared his thoughts on the crisis in Ukra(...)

Soldiers without identifying insignia guard the Crimean parliament building next to a sign that reads ’Crimea Russia’ after taking up positions in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, its republics elected their own governments and began voting for independence. The Soviet pre(...)

Ukraine’s ousted president Viktor Yanukovich (left). He said he was “determined to fight to the end for the implementation of important compromise agreements that will bring Ukraine out of the deep political crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovich, has surfaced in Russia and is still claiming to be the legitimate ruler of his country, according to(...)

Rengin Yurdakul: ‘I don’t even speak the language of my ancestors but I feel a deep pain – I feel that I’m Circassian; it’s who I am.’ Photograph: Stephen Starr

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics last Friday week presented the world with a history of Russia equally romantic and fanciful. But a (...)

Maria Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media at a train station in Nizhny Novgorod today. Alyokhina walked free from jail under an amnesty allowing her early release from a two-year sentence for a protest in a church against President Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, dismissed a prison amnesty that led to her early release today as a ‘PR stunt’ and (...)

Jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky waves as he stands in the defendants’ cage before the start of a court session in Moscow in this December 27th, 2010 file photograph. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Files/Reuters.

Russian president Vladimir Putin pardoned one of his best known opponents today, though it remained unclear whether former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorko(...)

 Mayor Ford makes a statement to the media outside his office at Toronto’s city hall this week. A new video surfaced showing Ford in a rage, using threatening words including “kill” and “murder.” Ford said he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” in the video. Photograph: AP

Something interesting is happening in the world of Canadian politics. “Oh, when is that not the case?” I hear you reply. Pay attention. This isn’t som(...)

Bertie Speak, Bord Snip Nua, Circling Shannon, Dubes - you know what these terms all mean, right? Ok, maybe not - in which case the answers are(...)