Vladislav Surkov, former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin: “It works, this model works. It is a good compromise between chaos and order.” Photograph:  Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

“There are two options,” says Vladislav Surkov as we settle into our seats. “The first is Anglo-Saxon. I give you the menu, you can choose what you wa(...)

Josep Borrell, the high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy, during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Pool/EPA

The European Union must expect a further deterioration in relations with Russia even though ties have already sunk to their “lowest level”, EU foreign(...)

Video footage shared on social media showed emergency service vehicles parked outside the school, with people running towards the building. File photograph: iStock

Russia is to tighten its gun laws after a teenager killed seven children and two adults at his former school in the city of Kazan. Eighteen children(...)

Detail from a postal first-day cover issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Northern Ireland.

It was the Russian minister Grigory Potemkin who gave his name to the putative village of the same name. The story, no doubt embellished, is that whil(...)

Crises have always been an accelerant for EU integration. Agreement on massive joint debt issuance to finance grants to recession-hit member states broke a long-standing taboo. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s an iron law of political commentary that the European Union cannot have problems, only existential crises. While governments may suffer any numbe(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols near the frontline with Russia backed separatists near small city of Marinka, Donetsk region on Monday. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Kiev and Washington say Russia’s current troop build-up near Ukraine is the biggest since 2014, when the Kremlin annexed Crimea and sent fighters and (...)

In this April 5th, 2021, file photograph Ukrainian servicemen patrol along a position at the front line with Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Moscow on Tuesday warned the United States to stay away from Russia and Crimea, saying that the risk of incidents was very high, the Interfax news age(...)

Gregory O’Connor

Gregory O’Connor was known to generations of users of the National Archives of Ireland as a very knowledgeable and helpful archivist. Warm tributes to(...)

US president Joe Biden said he agrees with the assessment that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is a ‘killer.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moscow has said relations with Washington are in crisis and that the White House shows no interest in repairing them, after US president Joe Biden sai(...)

Russia and China sign a memorandum of understanding for the joint construction of a lunar space station. Photograph: YE Aung Thu/AFP via Getty

Russia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to set up an international lunar research station, Russia’s Roscosmos space agen(...)

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