Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Trotskyite: A passive-aggressive (and more economical) way to describe members of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, along with other left-wing candidates. Photograph: Collins Courts

What does it usually mean? An archaic name for a follower of the ideas of Russian Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. What does it(...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)

Building work on a skyscraper in Warsaw and, above, the Daniel Libeskind-designed Zlota 44 tower in the city which is made of materials from Ireland’s CRH group.

Josef Stalin would be furious if he could see Warsaw now. Where once the postwar cityscape was dominated by the Palace of Culture, an unwanted and uns(...)

The  Nukus museum, Uzbekistan is one of the most remote galleries in the world and houses   the largest body of Russian avant garde paintings outside Saint Petersburg’s Russian museum. Photograph: Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Uzbekistan has fired the long-standing director of its renowned museum in Nukus, raising fears about the safety of a vast treasure trove of art housed(...)

“I’ve done what I had to do,” said Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has strongly defended controversial new “de-communisation” laws that underscore its break with Russia, amid (...)

Safinar Dzhemilev, at home in Bakhchisarai, Crimea. Russia has banned her husband, a veteran Tatar leader, from entering the annexed region and he now lives in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Apricot blossom already dusts the sun-dappled fields of Bakhchisarai, but Safinar Dzhemilev is in no mood to savour springtime in the ancient capital (...)

Georgian Stalinists attend the annual celebration of  the birthday of  Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his native town of Gori, in Georgia, on December 21st.   Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Among the few who dared talk about Josef Stalin’s political repressions, building No 5 on the corner of Moscow’s Dolgorukovskaya Street became know(...)

A Uygur boy carries a tray of  bread on his head. Ancient ethnic divisions resonate strongly in Xinjiang province, and more than 100 people have died in the past year in violence caused by growing tensions between the two biggest ethnic groups in the area, the Turkic-speaking Uighurs and the Han Chinese. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a strange sight. The man with greying red hair, high cheekbones, a long nose and ginger beard is in a display case in a museum in Urumqi, the cap(...)

Pro-Russian protesters outside  offices that were later seized in Donetsk, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine should withdraw its military from the eastern and southern regions of the country - a statement that(...)

Russian opposition activists carry portraits of activists and placards reading ‘Freedom to prisoners of 06 May 2012’ during a rally in support of freedom of the press in downtown Moscow today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

About 5,000 Russians, some waving Ukrainian flags, rallied in central Moscow today to protest at what they say is a government crackdown on ind(...)