Russian president Vladimir Putin: has encouraged a return to the cold war-era view of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as a response to the appeasement of Hitler by Britain, France and other European states. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik

Five states that were victims of an infamous Nazi-Soviet pact have urged Europe to fight disinformation and attempts to rewrite history, 80 years afte(...)

Hungarian border guard officer Arpad Bella (centre) on August 19th, 1989, when more than 600 East Germans pushed their way past his men and into Austria. He chose not to shoot on the crowd and let them pass in one of the landmark moments of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tamás Lobenwein. Courtesy Paneuropean Picnic’ 89 Foundation

It is nearly 30 years since Arpad Bella, then a border guard officer in communist Hungary, made a split-second decision that nudged the course of hist(...)

 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev  and US president Ronald Reagan  signing  the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in the White House on December 8th,  1987. Photograph:  Reuters

The US is poised to increase its stock of intermediate missiles as the country formally pulled out of a long-standing nuclear treaty on Friday. The m(...)

US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in the White House on December 8th, 1987. Photograph: Reuters

The US has withdrawn from a critical 1987 nuclear arms control treaty with Russia after Moscow refused to destroy a new intermediate-range missile tha(...)

“Annoyed but calm, the plant’s deputy chief Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) orders that water be used to quench the reactor core. The problem, as his subordinates try to explain, is that there is no reactor core. It has exploded.”

One of the most sinister sights in Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 9pm), a new five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster, is unsettlingly(...)

Chernobyl: in the 30km off-limit zone, liquidators measure radiation levels in the aftermath of the disaster. Photograph: Getty

A new TV drama revisits the Soviet nuclear meltdown of 1986, when fallout and fake news threatened to poison Europe Sinking through the screen int(...)

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(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

A file image of US resident Donald Trump with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a news conference in  Finland in July 2018. Both countries have withdrawn from a cold war nuclear treaty. Photograph: NYT

Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after a similar move by the United States, president Vladimir Putin sai(...)

December 1987: Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan signing the INF treaty, in Washington. The US on Friday announced its intention to withdraw from the treaty because of Russia’s violation. Photograph: EPA

The United States has announced its intention to withdraw from a key nuclear arms treaty with Russia, sparking fears about a potential new arms race. (...)

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