Vladislav Surkov, former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin: “It works, this model works. It is a good compromise between chaos and order.” Photograph:  Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

“There are two options,” says Vladislav Surkov as we settle into our seats. “The first is Anglo-Saxon. I give you the menu, you can choose what you wa(...)

Registration of attendees at the congress of the New People party in Moscow in August 2020. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin\TASS via Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he doesn’t tolerate dissent, but one new opposition party has flourished. And that party, curi(...)

Dutch investigators  work at the site of  the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17shot down   in eastern Ukraine, November 16th, 2014. Photograph:  Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev

Four fugitive suspects go on trial in the Netherlands on Monday charged with the murder of 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17,(...)

A  piece of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  in a field in Donetsk: the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17th, 2014, was blown out of the sky.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Four men, three of them with alleged links to Russia’s security services, are to be tried in their absence in connection with the shooting-down of Mal(...)

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue

Writing in the Communist Manifesto in 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels noted that the bourgeois class must create ever-expanding markets to mainta(...)

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), about 80km east of Donetsk in Ukraine, in September 2014. Photograph: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has released a series of phone intercepts, including one between(...)

Activists hold placards stating “France speaks French, Ukraine speaks Ukrainian” and “For Ukrainian language” during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Deputies in Ukraine have backed a Bill to strengthen Ukrainian as its state language, prompting warnings from Moscow that the move could deepen a Krem(...)

Pall bearers walk with the coffin of Alexander Zakharchenko in Donetsk. Photograph: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian-controlled separatists in eastern Ukraine have buried their leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, amid warnings from Moscow that his assassination f(...)

 Local rescuers carry the body of a man killed by the shelling of a bus  at the Olenivka checkpoint between Ukrainian  controlled territory and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic this week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tu(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman exercises with 35kg weight made from 120mm mortars, not far of the crisis front line in Vodyane village of Donetsk area, in October.  Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Russia and the United States appear to be a long way from agreeing to send international peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, after their latest round of(...)

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