Vladimir Putin

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Explorer and founder of the Ocean Futures Society Jean-Michel Cousteau (centre) and governor of Primorsky Region Oleg Kozhemyako (left): Mr Cousteau is leading a team to assess the jailed whales in Srednaya Bay. Photograph: Yuri Maltsev

Russia is facing growing international pressure to close its so-called “whale jail” in the far east of the country and return scores of ailing sea mam(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: demands the president stop deriding him as a pro-Kremlin candidate and “puppet” of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukraine’s presidential election was always going to be a bruising battle, but as the contenders trade trash talk and demand drug tests before a potent(...)

Italian deputy premier  Matteo Salvini will host a gathering of European far-right parties in Milan next week. Photograph: Claudio Peri/ EPA

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of its far-right League party, will host a gathering of European far-right parties in Milan n(...)

Assimilating new peoples through military service is one of the oldest tricks of statecraft. Full Nato membership, alongside UK allies, would create armed forces unionists might be interested in joining. Photograph: AP

I am told Jewish people can be wary of “semitophiles” – those who admire Jews for their history and culture. Such admiration is invariably based on st(...)

Zachary Baumel’s remains were recently discovered by Israel after he was declared missing in action in 1982. Photograph: Government press office/Handout/Reuters

Israel has recovered the body of a US-born Israeli soldier missing since a 1982 tank battle against Syrian forces, a case that had long vexed the nati(...)

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(...)

Bill Browder has campaigned internationally for sanctions  against Russian officials accused of corruption and human rights abuses. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Ireland will become a haven for money launderers if it does not introduce new laws targeting human rights violators, the UK-based financier Bill Browd(...)

 Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in the lead with an unconventional campaign. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Yulia Butko is only 34 years old, but she has already supported two revolutions and is now wondering whether to back another bold response to Ukraine’(...)

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