Chechnya has been ruled since 2006 by Ramzan Kadyrov (right), who has helped the Kremlin crush a long-running Islamist insurgency while running the region as a personal fiefdom. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images

The Kremlin has failed to address grave human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya, where the authorities exert control by violently and (...)

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci: “Afrika” paper’s prosecution  demonstrates Ankara is determined to export to northern Cyprus its mainland crackdown on dissent. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

The European Commission and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have called for respect for freedom of expression in northern Cyp(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán celebrates on a podium on the bank of the Danube River after winning the parliamentary election with members of his Fidesz party on Sunday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban’s landslide election win, a victory built on xenophobia, intolerance and preposterous conspiracy theories, underlines the alarming author(...)

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin  speak during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July  2017. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his landslide victory in Sunday’s election, breakin(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech on Europe at the Bundestag, the German lower house of parliament, on Thursday. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey on Thursday to answer questions raised by European observers over a referendum that expanded Presiden(...)

Protesters hold placards reading “You are not my president” during a rally against the referendum results in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkish opposition parties and an international monitoring mission have questioned the handling of Sunday’s referendum, which approved a new president(...)

St Michael the Archangel church, Bishkek, which was built in 1969 by ethnic Germans. According to Fr Janez Michelcic, a Slovenian Catholic priest who gives the weekly English-language sermon, 60-70 people attend Mass on Sundays – yet none of the congregation speaks English.

Down a dusty lane in the outskirts of northern Bishkek sits an unremarkable two-storey building. Atop is placed a slight, solitary cross. In an overwh(...)

Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic: He is believed to have been injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded in Luhansk beside a vehicle he was travelling in. Photograph; Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine has claimed that a Russian invasion is possible “at any minute”, amid reports that Moscow’s troops and armour were on the move in Crimea and a(...)

OSCE free speech representative Dunja Mijatovic said even if a politician was subsequently cleared of suspected wrongdoing - as Clare Daly TD (above) was - the arrest of a politician was a matter of public interest. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) investigation into who leaked information of Dublin Fingal TD Clare Daly’s arrest on suspicion of drink(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Poroshenko said local elections “should be free, democratic and honest, but in the current situation that is impossible”. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

A top US official arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday to discuss implementation of a beleaguered peace deal for the country, amid rising pressure on Kiev (...)

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