Sofia Sapega (24) was flying with her boyfriend Roman Protasevich, a dissident blogger critical of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, on a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius in May 2021 when it was diverted to Minsk by Belarusian authorities. Photograph: Leonid Shcheglov/Belta/AFP via Getty Images

A student who was seized from a Ryanair flight forced to land in Belarus was sentenced to six years in jail on Friday, accused of fomenting unrest in (...)

 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich: quick to lend her voice to urgent appeals for an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine and disclosure of the full truth to Russian citizens. Photograph: Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin’s troops stormed Ukraine two months ago, Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich was quick to lend her voice to urgent appeals for a(...)

Victoria Azarenka playing at Wimbledon last year. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty

Wimbledon has been warned it could face legal action from the Belarusian Tennis Federation (BTF) after it accused the All England Club of acting illeg(...)

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have become staples of state-controlled media in the Russian, Chinese, and Arabic language. File photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

When Dublin MEP Clare Daly stood up to denounce sanctions on Russia last week in the European Parliament and say that the EU’s response makes her “abs(...)

A woman walks out of a ruined house in Andriivka village of Kyiv. The departure of Russian forces from the outskirts of Kyiv has brought to light harrowing allegations of war crimes including executions and rape of civilians. Photograph: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has voiced concerns that Russian forces are preparing “a new stage of terror” that could involve the use of ch(...)

 Pierre Zakrzewski (L) with colleagues in Kyiv, Ukraine. Zakrzewski was recalled as a ‘a truth-teller’ and a ‘free spirit’ by his brothers. Photograph: Fox News via The New York Times

It’s a week in which the country celebrates its national holiday, but it’s hard to feel much joy. On Tuesday, bulletins carry the dreadful news about (...)

Ales and Toma should be free to settle in Ireland.

Anywhere else in the world, it would be a perfectly normal question for a couple who intend to marry. “What are your plans?” I ask Ales Plotka, a citi(...)

O’Connell Street. Dublin. P rotest against the Russian war in Ukraine. Igor Pashchenko living in Ireland originally from Ukraine. Photograph: Tom Honan

Protesters against the Russian war in Ukraine have called for a no fly zone to be enforced by countries not affiliated to Nato. A crowd of about 2,00(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  with Fifa  president Gianni Infantino  at the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.  Photograph:  Alexander Nemenov/AFP/ Getty Images

Ireland is to back an international agreement to exclude Russian and Belarusian teams and athletes from competition in a bid to further isolate them i(...)

As the war in Ukraine dominates the media agenda, we explain terms used extensively in recent days. Photograph: AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy

Russian-backed separatists invaded the Russian-speaking region of Donbas in 2014, sparking a military conflict with the then-small Ukrainian armed for(...)

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