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Anger as Austria's foreign minister invites Putin to her wedding

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Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over UkraineVladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of the Austrian foreign minster, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say her invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.The Russian presi...

The GRU, the Russian intelligence agency behind the headlines

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We’re familiar with tales of the KGB, but from Ukraine to the US to Salisbury, a more shadowy hand may be at workIn Russia’s shadow war with the west, one intelligence agency keeps making headlines.The GRU, or Main Intelligence Directorate, of the Russian army, has been accused of spearheading se...

Yuval Noah Harari extract: ‘Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. We’re a post-truth...

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In his new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the bestselling author turns his attention to the problems we face today. Here, he argues that ‘fake news’ is much older than Facebook • Read a Q&A with Yuval Noah HarariWe are repeatedly told these days that we are living in a new and frighte...

Oleg Sentsov is 82 days into a hunger strike – I and many others are by his side | Jonathan Littell

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This is an open letter to the Ukrainian filmmaker unjustly imprisoned by Putin. His plight must be known, to save his lifeDear Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov, you must feel very lonely, way out in the Labytnangi penal colony, the northernmost one in Russia, so far from Ukraine and from your loved ones...

Manafort put himself 'above the law' to fund his expensive tastes, court hears

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Defence in trial of Trump’s former campaign chair claims his deputy, Rick Gates, betrayed himDonald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort put “himself and his money above the law” to bankroll a lavish lifestyle that included a $21,000 watch and a $15,000 jacket made from ostrich, a court...

Femen co-founder Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris flat

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Suicide note found next to body of 31-year-old feminist activist, say Femen membersOksana Shachko, one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment, the group has said.The 31-year-old Ukrainian was found on Monday with a suicide note next to h...

Putin proposed eastern Ukraine vote to Trump in Helsinki – report

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Russian president reportedly tells diplomats Trump is considering referendum offerVladimir Putin proposed holding a referendum in war-torn eastern Ukraine when he met Donald Trump in Helsinki this week, it has been reported.The Russian president spoke about the proposal at a behind-closed-doors m...

Extinction review – forbidding portrait of a self-proclaimed Soviet country

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Are the bullies actually the good guys in this video essay about the independent state of Transnistria, in eastern Moldova?Salomé Lamas’s video essay Extinction, shot in forbidding monochrome, is an opaque meditation on the self-proclaimed and officially unrecognised independent state of Transnis...

Ukraine is the first casualty of Trump’s carelessness. It won’t be the last | Natalia Antonova

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The president’s failure to tackle Vladimir Putin over the conflict reflects his chaotic and damaging presidencyThat the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki was a diplomatic disaster for the United States is indisputable, mealy-mouthed explanations as to how President Donald Trump “accidentally” threw ...

Parents of MH17 victims lash out at 'bully' Trump: 'You have no idea what love is'

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US president condemned for ignoring ‘irrefutable facts’ and refusing to hold Putin to account The Perth parents of three children who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine have condemned the US president Donald Trump for his refusal to hold the Russian president Vlad...

Trump-Putin meeting reactions: 'Russia is not our ally', says Paul Ryan – as it happened

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US president’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki drew condemnation in the USFull report: Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling 7.52pm BST Donald Trump has left Finland for the US, bringing an end to a whirlwind day. Related: Trump condemned as treasonous ...

The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin summit: Russia is the winner | Editorial

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Donald Trump was not adlibbing when he said his meeting with Putin might be the easiest part of his Europe trip. That was his intention tooBefore he left Washington last week for the Nato summit, his UK visit and talks with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump raised eyebrows by suggesting that the meeti...

Russia must ‘account for role’ in shooting down MH17, says G7

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Statement comes on eve of summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and just before anniversary of 17 July 2014 air disasterRussia must “account for its role” in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ...

Germany and Russia gas links: Trump is not only one to ask questions

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Politicians and energy experts say Nord Stream 2 will make Europe reliant on Russian gasDonald Trump may have used typically emotive – if premeditated – language from the outset at the Nato summit in Brussels to lambast Germany for its willingness to build a gas pipeline, but the US president’s v...

Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures

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For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace Continue reading...

Football in Crimea: the club split in two by Russia's invasion

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Former champions Tavria are now two struggling teams: one in mainland Ukraine, and one in Russian-annexed CrimeaWhen Russia won the right to host this year’s World Cup in 2010, Tavria Simferopol were in Ukraine’s top division. The club’s “ultras” – hardcore fans – sang patriotic songs, and nursed...

Oleg Sentsov's family ask Putin to free him before World Cup

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Family of jailed Ukrainian film director on hunger strike appeal to Russian presidentThe family of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia who is on hunger strike, have called on President Vladimir Putin to release him before the World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday.“He s...

'You can't sit with us': how Mean Girls and gifs became part of global diplomacy

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Should we be concerned after the US Israeli embassy responded to Iran’s supreme leader with a Regina George quote?This week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered preparations to be made to begin enriching uranium if the 2015 nuclear deal collapses completely. It’s a move that co...

Rise of far-right in Italy and Austria gives Putin some friends in the west

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Russian president in contact with two capitals that share belief in nation-first politics and mistrust of alliancesSuddenly, Vladimir Putin has some useful friends in the west.As he looks to improve relations with Europe, at a new low since the March nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his d...

Ukraine's president defends faked murder of Russian journalist

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Staged death of Arkady Babchenko prompts questions about alleged ‘hit-list’Ukraine’s president has robustly defended the decision to fake the death of a journalist, as questions persist over the necessity of the stunt and an alleged “hit-list” of future potential victims. Last week Ukrainian auth...

Putin pushes for end to 'harmful' sanctions during Austria visit

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Russian leader evaded MH17 questions during first visit to an EU country since re-electionVladimir Putin lobbied for the phasing out of economic sanctions and dodged questions about the shooting down of flight MH17 during his first state visit to an EU member state since being re-elected as Russi...

Israel must halt law that could criminalise media | Roy Greenslade

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Proposals to ban unflattering coverage of the military threaten press freedomOn the day the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers opened fire on unarmed Palestinian protesters who gathered at the border fence on the Gaza Strip.Sorry. That requires a rewrite to reflect “the truth” as...

Although we now live in a world of faked murders, the truth is still out there | Peter Pomerantsev

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Facts are a matter of life and death and lies increasingly difficult to discern. It is up to all of us to learn how to distinguish themYou can trust death. All the “alternative facts” and “fake news”, all the dismissals of “objectivity” as “another form of subjectivity”, the claims that truth is ...

The Guardian view on a journalist’s return: the death was fake, the damage was not | Editorial

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The Ukrainian authorities say they had to stage the killing of an exiled Russian reporter to protect him. But their decision has serious repercussionsArkady Babchenko rose from the dead on Wednesday, to the joy of those who know and love him. The truth, long a casualty of the war that began in Uk...

Arkady Babchenko: pig's blood and makeup artist helped fake death - video

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Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who faked his own death in order to evade an alleged plot to assassinate him, said pig's blood and a makeup artist were used to help stage the ruse. In an interview in Kiev, Babchenko said he was taken in an ambulance from the scene of his fake killing to ...