Locals pray next to the line of wooden crosses marking the Soviet-era mass grave site in Kuropaty, close to the Belarus capital of Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

A court in Belarus jailed a prominent opposition leader on Tuesday for organising a protest against the demolition of a memorial to victims of Josef S(...)

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko: critics accuse Mr Lukashenko of launching his latest attack on those who challenge him in the media or political arena. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The United States has joined international condemnation of a crackdown on independent media in Belarus, where security forces loyal to veteran autocra(...)

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

London’s highest running track. No pushing. Photograph: Victoria Jones / PA.

Image of the week: Running high People against high-rise construction in Irish cities have a new evil to cite following this week’s publicity for Lon(...)

 Timothy Bell, Dr Liam Fox MP and guest attend a Bell Pottinger Summer Party Photograph: Getty

Many years ago, when he was at the height of his public relations prowess, it was said of Tim Bell that, “he was so charming dogs would cross the stre(...)

A man carries a sign reading “a year has passed, who killed Pavla?” during a march in central Kiev on Thursday  to commemorate the death of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union, rights groups and media watchdogs have joined friends and former colleagues of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet in urging U(...)

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ukraine’s SBU security service has denied that one of its agents was monitoring investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet last July, when the bomb that (...)

A woman argues as Belarusian police during an opposition rally in Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

Belarusian authorities detained hundreds of people on Saturday during an attempt to hold a street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public ang(...)

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