Vladimir  Lenin  makes a celebratory speech as head of the first Soviet government in Red Square on the first anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Photograph: Hulton Getty

Back in early May I was awarded the Maeve Binchy Travel Award 2015 for a rather modest project: make the 1,851 mile-trek from Zurich to St. Petersb(...)

The giant Lenin head is secured for removal, near Berlin, Germany. Photograph:  Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Twenty-four years after it was buried, the head of a giant statue of Soviet revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin was dug up from woodland on the outski(...)

Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov looks on from a defendants’ cage as he attends a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Photograph: Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters

A military court in Russia jailed Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker, for 20 years yesterday for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea, as (...)

“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 (...)

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)

The leader of the rebel ‘Army of Novorossiya’ unit, who goes by the nom de guerre Svat (Matchmaker). Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

“Brothers and Sisters!” began the note stuck to a wall on the main street of Novoazovsk. “Greetings from the Liberation Army of Novorossiya. We hav(...)

It is claimed that the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin not only spoke English with an Irish accent but specifically a Rathmines accent, due to th(...)

Veterans attend a ceremony to commemorate victims of the second World War in Donetsk on Ukraine’s Victory Day holiday yesterday. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Ukraine has slipped deeper into crisis ahead of tomorrow’s separatist referendum in eastern regions, with deadly clashes in the city of Mariupol and a(...)

Pro-Russian demonstrators  in a rally in Kharkiv on March 30th. Thousands of people have marched through cities like Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk on recent weekends, waving Russian and Soviet flags. Photograph: Reuters

People are proud of their tanks in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. A Soviet T-34 sits outside the local history museum, green armour gleaming, (...)

Ukrainian school students pass by supporters of the ousted Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych guarding a statue of Lenin in the eastern city of Donetsk. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

Across Ukraine, statues of Vladimir Lenin have come tumbling down this week as revolutionaries, fresh from victory in Kiev’s Maidan, set out to(...)