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    Denis Voronenkov: Former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine shot dead in Kiev
    Mar23

    Denis Voronenkov: Former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine shot dead in Kiev

    Voronenkov left Russia last year and renounced citizenship after complaining he was persecuted by security agenciesThe former Russian MP Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev.Police said an unidentified gunman had shot Voronenkov dead at the entrance of an upmarket hotel in the Ukrainian capital. … …read more Source: The...

    Wilbur Ross presided over Russian deal while at Bank of Cyprus
    Mar23

    Wilbur Ross presided over Russian deal while at Bank of Cyprus

    Questions raised over Trump’s new commerce secretary and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchsWilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s new commerce secretary, presided over a deal with a Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin while serving in his previous role as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus.The...

    Ukraine bans Russia’s Eurovision entrant over Crimea tour
    Mar22

    Ukraine bans Russia’s Eurovision entrant over Crimea tour

    Yulia Samoylova barred from song contest because she entered Crimea without going through de facto border with Ukrainian mainlandUkraine has banned Russia’s entrant for this year’s Eurovision song contest because she has performed in Russia-annexed Crimea, a security service spokeswoman has said.Russia chose Yulia Samoylova to...

    How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again  | Sophie Pinkham
    Mar22

    How annexing Crimea allowed Putin to claim he had made Russia great again | Sophie Pinkham

    The show of force in Ukraine was played as Russia’s greatest moment since the second world war. But it’s a risky strategyMuch of the current tension between Russia and the west is a consequence of Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops into Ukraine, three years ago this week. In truth, however, that deployment was a reaction...

    Russia strikes provocative note for Eurovision in Ukraine
    Mar13

    Russia strikes provocative note for Eurovision in Ukraine

    Moscow ends speculation about Kiev song contest boycott, naming Yuliya Samoylova who sang in Crimea after annexationRussia has announced its musical entry for the Eurovision song contest, ending speculation that it might boycott the competition, which this year is being held in Ukraine.State TV announced on Sunday that Yuliya Samoylova, who uses...

    Misha Mengelberg obituary
    Mar08

    Misha Mengelberg obituary

    One of the most creative jazz pianists to emerge in the first phase of Europe’s breakaway from American styles in the 1960sIn his last years the Dutch pianist, composer and improviser Misha Mengelberg, who has died aged 81, would sometimes whistle and sing in conversation with visiting friends when advancing Alzheimer’s disease made...

    UK must stand up to Trump over sanctions on Russia, say MPs
    Mar02

    UK must stand up to Trump over sanctions on Russia, say MPs

    Any moves by the US to ease pressure on Putin over Ukraine should be challenged, says foreign affairs committee The UK must brace itself to stage “uncomfortable conversations” with its closest ally, the United States, to ensure the west maintains a principled stance on sanctions against Russia, the all-party foreign affairs select committee has...

    Meet Kiev’s alt-designers, priced out of Ukrainian fashion week
    Mar01

    Meet Kiev’s alt-designers, priced out of Ukrainian fashion week

    The so-called ‘new east’ is home to the most talked about creatives in the industry. So why weren’t they showing in Kiev last month?Hanging from the snow-covered roof of Lesnoy fleamarket in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev is a fur coat, identical to that seen on the catwalk of trend-setting label Vetements in Paris in January....

    Bitter Harvest review – timely but uneven Ukrainian famine drama
    Feb24

    Bitter Harvest review – timely but uneven Ukrainian famine drama

    Despite honourable intentions, this film addressing the Stalin-inflicted 1932-33 genocide in Ukraine is at times embarrassingly badAt least Bitter Harvest’s release date is relatively timely, given the recent focus in the news on Russia’s brutally aggressive, expansive ambitions. Putin may be accused of killing, but he’s got...

    Austria grants US request to extradite Ukrainian mogul Dmytro Firtash
    Feb21

    Austria grants US request to extradite Ukrainian mogul Dmytro Firtash

    Vienna court overturns a previous decision to reject extradition on the grounds it was politically motivatedAn Austrian court has granted a US request to extradite Ukrainian mogul Dmytro Firtash over bribery allegations.On Tuesday, the court in Vienna overturned a previous Austrian court decision to reject the extradition request on the grounds...

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