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    Close Relations review – illuminating but flawed documentary
    Jan22

    Close Relations review – illuminating but flawed documentary

    Are the director’s own family the most reliable guides to the fallout from the uprising in Ukraine?Acclaimed Russian documentarian Vitaly Mansky turns his lens on his own family to explore the fallout from Ukraine’s Maidan uprising. Although he was born in Lviv, Ukraine, Mansky moved to Moscow and considers himself Russian. However,...

    How Donald Trump is viewed by Europe’s newspapers
    Jan20

    How Donald Trump is viewed by Europe’s newspapers

    Most see him as a buffoon and fear him making deals with Vladimir Putin. But Bild’s publisher, despite thinking him rude, sees virtue in his painful honesty Most newspapers across Europe predict that Donald Trump will be a reckless world leader, viewing him as a buffoon and fearing that he will undermine transatlantic relations and weaken...

    Close Relations review – a family and a nation divided
    Jan20

    Close Relations review – a family and a nation divided

    Exploring how Russia’s involvement in Ukraine has affected his own family, Vitaly Mansky’s documentary shows the pain of loyalties testedVitaly Mansky’s gloomy, sombre and garrulous film is a portrait of his extended family and of the divided nation of Ukraine: it makes an intriguing companion piece to Sergei Loznitsa’s...

    On final Ukraine trip, Biden urges Trump administration to keep Russia sanctions
    Jan16

    On final Ukraine trip, Biden urges Trump administration to keep Russia sanctions

    Comments while meeting with Ukraine’s president came after Trump indicated he could end Crimea-related sanctions in return for a nuclear arms reduction dealVice-president Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, met Ukraine’s president on Monday and called on the incoming Donald Trump administration to retain...

    Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes
    Jan12

    Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

    Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News NetworkIt was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.The 1986 explosion...

    Explainer: what is in the Trump-Russia dossier John McCain passed to the FBI?
    Jan11

    Explainer: what is in the Trump-Russia dossier John McCain passed to the FBI?

    The dossier includes lurid details from Trump’s 2013 visit to Moscow and claims there’s ‘extensive conspiracy’ his team and the Kremlin – is it true?John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBIWhat does the dossier which John McCain passed to FBI chief James Comey say? Related: John McCain passes...

    Think reporting on Trump is hard? Try being a journalist in Donetsk
    Jan11

    Think reporting on Trump is hard? Try being a journalist in Donetsk

    When war came to my city in eastern Ukraine, it was hard – but vital – for people like me to stay objectiveWhen I started working as a journalist in my native city of Donetsk I never imagined that war would come to town, until the day it did. In the spring of 2014 tanks and pro-Russia separatists showed up on the streets of the city, which was...

    Alexander Chekmenev’s Ukrainian passport applicants – in pictures
    Dec29

    Alexander Chekmenev’s Ukrainian passport applicants – in pictures

    After the fall of the Soviet Union, all Ukrainians had to get a new passport – and Alexander Chekmenev was on hand to take their photos. The snatched extra shots he took are remarkable in their honesty and tendernessPassport to eternity: photographing the forgotten elderly of Ukraine… …read more Source: The...

    Passport to eternity: photographing the forgotten elderly of Ukraine
    Dec29

    Passport to eternity: photographing the forgotten elderly of Ukraine

    Alexander Chekmenev was tasked with making new passport photos in eastern Ukraine – and ended up with a powerfully humane portrait series. As the images are published 20 years later, he explains why old people deserve better careAlexander Chekmenev’s Ukrainian passport applicants – in picturesTimes were tumultuous in post-Soviet eastern...

    ‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union
    Dec25

    ‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

    Whether it was arrival of capitalism, social instability or denim, monumental changes followed Gorbachev’s resignation in 1991After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail...

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