Back to the USSR

Twenty five years ago this week, on December 8th, 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) simply ceased to exist. The heads of the Russian(...)

An Irish-registered firm was allegedly at the centre of an alleged conspiracy to defraud the world’s largest producer of ammonia of a $2 billion share(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking Navy Day in Kaliningrad in July  2015. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

Question: what do Tartus, Crimea and Kaliningrad have in common, and why is this single commonality key to understanding the wars in Syria and Ukraine(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and   singer Larisa Dolina sing the Russian national anthem at a concert in Moscow in March, 2015, to mark the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

A tug-of-war has begun in a Dutch court over who owns a hoard of 565 irreplaceable treasures from Crimea that were on loan to an Amsterdam museum when(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with his US counterpart Barack Obama at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China last month. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday suspended an agreement with the US for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium because of “unfriendly” acts by (...)

Inauguration Day, January 20th, 2017: “I’m going to make Ivanka secretary of state. And Tiffany will be over at defence. Keep it in the family.” Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

It is inauguration day, January 20th, 2017. Donald Trump searches his drawer for a note from Barack Obama, something on heavy cream stationery with th(...)

Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic: He is believed to have been injured on Saturday when a bomb exploded in Luhansk beside a vehicle he was travelling in. Photograph; Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine has claimed that a Russian invasion is possible “at any minute”, amid reports that Moscow’s troops and armour were on the move in Crimea and a(...)

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 27th, 2016 shows Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (L) giving an interview to a Greek TV channel in the Syrian capital Damascus.  Assad on July 28th, 2016 offered an amnesty to armed rebels battling his forces if they surrender, the official SANA news agency reported. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities over the next three months. The o(...)

 The relatives of the late Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 first officer Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi at the Kuala Lumpur airport   after attending a private MH17 remembrance ceremony in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur. Photograph:  Fazry Ismail/EPA

Two years after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, with the loss of 298 passengers and crew, the airline has settled d(...)

Annual inflation in the OECD area remained stable at 0.8 per cent in May.  Photograph: Getty

Annual inflation in the OECD area remained at 0.8 per cent in May 2016 for the third consecutive month. Excluding food and energy, annual inflation (...)

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