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    1. May 29, 2015

      Andrzej Duda, accidental president

      The first time Andrzej Duda blocked his rival’s path to the presidency, Poland was in the grip of a national tragedy....

    2. May 26, 2015

      Russia says it is not ‘right time’ to deliver missiles to Iran

      Russia says it will not deliver high-end air defence missiles to Iran in the near future, despite last month lifting an...

    1. May 25, 2015

      The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, has long enjoyed a reputation for being an indefatigable diplomat, engaging in shuttle...

    2. May 22, 2015

      EU offers stronger ties to eastern nations — but cautiously

      The EU renewed its vows to strengthen ties with six former Soviet republics on Friday, but did it with circumspection and...

    3. May 21, 2015

      Russians confronted by the ultimate test of loyalties

      As Russia became embroiled in the war in Ukraine last summer, Olga Talalay jumped at the chance to escape the politics of...

    4. May 20, 2015

      Only high-level talks can penetrate the fog of war

      Has Vladimir Putin scored a diplomatic victory against the Obama administration? Until last week, Washington was...

    5. May 20, 2015

      Russia weighs on EU’s eastern ambitions

      The last time EU leaders met the six former Soviet countries in the bloc’s Eastern Partnership programme in Vilnius,...

    6. May 18, 2015

      Russia accuses west of stirring revolution in Macedonia

      Macedonia is emerging as a potential flashpoint in a geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the west, with Moscow...

    7. May 18, 2015

      US muscles in on Ukraine peace process brokered by Europe

      The US has started muscling in on the shaky European-brokered peace process in Ukraine as the EU approaches a deadline next...

    8. May 15, 2015

      Russia economy declines 1.9% in first quarter

      Russia’s economy contracted by 1.9 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2014,...

    9. May 13, 2015

      Nato says Russian nuclear talk irresponsible

      Russia is irresponsibly stepping up its nuclear rhetoric in a bid to rattle the west, Nato’s military chief has said,...

    10. May 12, 2015

      Thousands take part in Estonia’s war games

      For more than a week now, the birch forests and heaths across Estonia have echoed with gunfire, explosions and the heavy...

    11. May 11, 2015

      We Russians need better ideas for life after Putin

      For a brief moment during the four-year presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, Russians like me hoped that our country might before...

    12. May 11, 2015

      John Kerry set for first Moscow visit since start of Ukraine war

      John Kerry is to visit Moscow on Tuesday for the first time since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis that left relations...

    13. May 7, 2015

      Putin and Xi: not quite the allies they seem

      A friend in need is a friend indeed. But what sort of a friend is China really to Russia? Vladimir Putin, the Russian...

    14. May 5, 2015

      Moscow shows its military mettle in run-up to Victory Day parade

      Russia paraded some of its most modern military gear, including the world’s most advanced tank, through the streets of...

    15. May 4, 2015

      Russia looks back to the war to rekindle national pride

      May 1 was a glorious spring day in Pskov. Young people roller-skated or lounged on the banks of the Velikaya river. But...

    16. May 4, 2015

      Moscow offers bigger stakes in energy projects to lure Chinese

      A flagship Russian gas project may soon test Moscow’s newfound willingness to cede greater control of its energy assets to...

    17. May 3, 2015

      Anniversary message from west to Russia

      The 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in Europe will this week be commemorated in towns and cities across...

    18. May 2, 2015

      Lithuania accuses Russia of disrupting work on Baltic power cable

      Lithuania has accused Russian warships of interfering with work on an undersea power cable linking it to Sweden that is...

    19. April 30, 2015

      Ukrainian oligarch avoids extradition to US

      A Vienna court late on Thursday rejected a US Department of Justice request to extradite Dmitry Firtash, a Russia-linked...

    20. April 28, 2015

      Finns drop warning charges after possible sub sighting off Helsinki

      Finland’s navy dropped warning charges during a hunt for a suspected submarine in a move likely to renew speculation about...

    21. April 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin tells Russians worst of economic crisis is over

      Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the state of the economy, wages and pensions in his annual marathon phone-in...

    22. April 16, 2015

      Shared problems push North Korea into Russia’s arms

      For Im Cheon Il, a diplomat, there has never been a better time to invite Russian children to spend their holidays at a...

    23. April 16, 2015

      Gunvor sells stake in Siberian miner to reduce Russian exposure

      Gunvor, one of the world’s biggest commodity traders, has sold its 30 per cent stake in Kolmar, the Siberian coal producer,...

    24. April 13, 2015

      Russia lifts ban on Iran air-defence missiles

      Russia on Monday unblocked the sale to Iran of one of the world’s most advanced air-defence systems, in a move that will irk...

    25. April 9, 2015

      Ukraine sets its sights on national recovery

      Ukraine’s efforts to complete a debt restructuring deal with its creditors by June serve as a reminder that its authorities...

    26. April 9, 2015

      Protests bubble up across Russia in sign of public discontent

      Russia is witnessing a spate of sporadic, locally organised popular protests in a sign of profound public dissatisfaction...

    27. April 9, 2015

      Europe faces more than a Greek tragedy

      The pilgrimage of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow told a tale of two tragedies. One, perilously close to the...

    28. April 7, 2015

      Duma paves way for dissident lawmaker to face fraud charges

      When Vladimir Lenin left Russia in 1900, he had a group of like-minded Marxist émigrés waiting for him in western Europe and...

    29. March 26, 2015

      Do not advertise a past dark with pain

      The set-up of the advert is innocent enough. Three kids are goading their parents into taking them to Moscow’s famed Central...

    30. March 25, 2015

      Reining in Ukraine’s oligarchs is long overdue

      Ukraine’s revolution 13 months ago presented itself as a demand for European-style democracy. But it aimed, above all, to...

    31. March 24, 2015

      The purpose of Putin’s diplomatic acrobatics

      In the past year,Vladimir Putin has become almost as notorious for his falsehoods as for the truth of his actions in...

    32. March 23, 2015

      An uneasy peace that will tear the global economy asunder

      In 1914, the world’s economic order collapsed because its most powerful nations went to war. A century later, the great...

    33. March 22, 2015

      To Russia with love, from Europe’s far-right fringe

      Russians have grown accustomed over the past year to hearing, through local media, of the disdain of western leaders towards...

    34. March 19, 2015

      EU moves towards extending Russia sanctions

      EU leaders took the first step towards extending their sweeping economic sanctions against Russia on Thursday night,...

    35. March 19, 2015

      Ukraine PM warns EU against Putin’s divide-and-conquer tactics

      Ukraine’s prime minister has warned that Vladimir Putin is attempting to divide the EU in the same way the Russian president...

    36. March 16, 2015

      Civil society in Russia is bloodied but not buried

      The Moscow School was planned as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of openness allowed the exhumation of the...

    37. March 16, 2015

      Vladimir Putin brushes off ‘gossip’ over mystery absence

      Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance in 11 days on Monday, brushing aside rumours that he was seriously ill as...

    38. March 15, 2015

      A shift under way in Gazprom’s relations with Europe

      For all its reputation as a monolith, Gazprom has not sat still in the three and a half years since the EU investigation...

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