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Seven years ago, Sean Quinn junior was about to get married. He was also facing jail for contempt over a €455 million asset-stripping scheme across s(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results of the first-round vote in the election, in Kiev. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has pledged to put up a fierce fight to retain power, as results from the first round of presidential elections s(...)

Oleg Smorodinov arrives at his trial for the murder of Ivan Mamchur, in a courtroom in Rivne, Ukraine, on October 25th. Photograph: Joseph Sywenkyj/New York Times

The target lived on the sixth floor of a cheerless, salmon-coloured building on Vidinska Street, across from a thicket of weeping willows. Oleg Smorod(...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, comedian and presidential candidate, led  an exit poll following the first round of elections on Sunday. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrench(...)

Sofia Tolmacheva at her house close to the war zone in Pisky, eastern Ukraine. ‘I don’t believe in any of these politicians anymore.’ Photograph: Roger Waleson/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Anyone feeling drained by the upheaval of Brexit should spare a thought for the people of Ukraine. Since 2003 they have lived through two revolutions,(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “A new life is beginning, a life without corruption and bribes; life in a new country, a country of dreams.” Photograph; Valentyn Ogirenko

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably won the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday and is likely to face incumbent Petro Porosh(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy casts his ballot at a polling station  in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainians are casting ballots in a presidential election that follows a campaign marred by vicious political infighting and allegations of bribing of(...)

Sofia Tolmacheva at her house close to the war zone in Pisky, eastern Ukraine. ‘I don’t believe in any of these politicians anymore.’ Photograph: Roger Waleson/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

When Sofia Tolmacheva celebrated her 70th birthday a decade ago, the future looked bright for her village of Pisky in eastern Ukraine. Nearby Donetsk(...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy: has largely campaigned online through social media and YouTube while touring the country with his comedy troupe. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is tipped to win the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, but two political heavyweights are fightin(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  shakes hands with former Soviet defence minister Dmitry Yazov in 2014.  Yazov  has been found guilty of war crimes by a Lithuanian court. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin

Russia has denounced the decision of a Lithuanian court to convict 67 former Soviet officials of offences including war crimes for their role in a dea(...)

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