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An Armenian soldier smokes a cigarette at  the frontline near Aghdam, Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph: Alex McBride

In Stepanakert, the de facto capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, follow the cigarettes. Passed silently from man to man on street corners, makeshift shelters(...)

Ganja, Azerbaijan, after a recent shelling. The city lies in the west of Azerbaijan to the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, close to crucial oil and gas pipelines that run from the capital Baku to Turkey. Photograph: Azerbaijan Defence Ministry/EPA

Heavy fighting over the disputed Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified over the weekend as ethnic Armenian forces bombarded Azerbai(...)

Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The officials from a secretive Russian security force seemed to know exactly what they wanted when they reached out to Olga Izranova’s company last sp(...)

 Passangers arriving at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland, on  Septemper 19th. Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA

Sweden may have hogged the international headlines over its handling of Covid-19, but its Nordic neighbour to the east may be just as interesting. Fi(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

 Visitors walk past a photo showing the 1945 Hiroshima bombing aftermath, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/ EPA

On Thursday, as she has done most days for 75 years, Keiko Ogura will reluctantly remember when Hiroshima was destroyed by a single atomic bomb. As a(...)

Deceptively radical? Former US vice-president and now candidate for the presideny Joe Biden. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Soviet Union used to alternate between bald leaders and ones with formidable hair. The US, which is seldom ruled by the smooth of pate, swings aro(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “We need internal stability and time to strengthen the country and all its institutions,” he said, admitting that Russia had “many unresolved problems”. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin has thanked Russians for their “support and trust” and pledged to use it to develop and strengthen the country, after a vote (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting  via a video link in Moscow on  April 29th. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

The May 9th military parade was to have been an event of pure pomp and spectacle: a moment for Vladimir Putin to stand in the centre of Moscow’s Red S(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks during a plenary session of the State Duma  in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russian deputies have backed a proposal that could allow Vladimir Putin, who has ruled the country for 20 years, to remain president until 2036. Form(...)

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