Hopes for a better future?
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Belarus has created a migrant crisis at its border in an apparent move to punish the European Union for its opposition to the country’s leader.
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European leaders have accused Belarus of using civilians as weapons along the EU border in a ‘hybrid war’. And Russia, they say, is the mastermind behind it.
The crisis at the Belarus/Poland border follows 18 months of political turmoil for the country’s authoritarian president.
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Is Russia masterminding the buildup of international migrants on the Poland-Belarus border?
International cooperation is crucial if we are to have the best chance of limiting global warming. So who are the key players?
When the reporter becomes the story.
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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two courageous journalists who have faced repression and death by doing their work.
Russia’s latest actions have worrying implications for democratic opposition movements.
Vladimir Putin’s anti-opposition tactics helped pull off the parliamentary win.
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Russia’s Central Election Commission announced results that give a strong majority to United Russia. It was met with skepticism, if little surprise.
Russia’s choice: voters go to the polls to elect the Duma, or parliament.
Russia’s state broadcaster works hand-in-hand with the Kremlin to push the party line.
What’s on the table during Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Washington visit?
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to seek commitments from his US counterpart, pledging support in his country’s ongoing battle with the Russian Federation.
A man walks past a makeshift memorial for medical workers who died from COVID-19 in Saint Petersburg on May 11, 2020.
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Another wave of COVID-19 in Russia is undermining public health and threatens economic recovery. But widespread mistrust of institutions will stymie the country’s efforts to move past the pandemic.
President Vladimir Putin addresses his United Russia party at its June 2021 convention, where members convened to choose candidates and draft a strategy for the country’s upcoming election.
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Despite a 27% approval rating, Putin’s United Russia party can maintain its legislative majority in September through manipulation and fraud, says an expert on Russian elections.
Protests have highlighted Lukashenko’s aggression toward dissent.
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Recent actions against critics of the Belarusian government show that Lukashenko’s crackdown on dissent is extending beyond the country’s borders.
A new Russian law forces French champagne producers to label their products as ‘sparkling wine’.
Cyberwarfare will require new defensive measures by government and corporations.
Co-ordinated cyberattacks can create massive disruptions to infrastructure and supply chains. New treaties are needed to prevent cyberwarfare, but it’s challenging to predict technological advances.
At this month’s summit, US President Joe Biden warned his counterpart Vladimir Putin of reprisals against ‘persistent malicious cyber-attacks’. But it will take more than posturing to end the stand-off.
Pipes for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are loaded onto a ship at a German port, June 1, 2021.
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Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline that will deliver Russian gas to Western Europe – and, by extension, increase Putin’s influence across the continent. That makes Ukraine and some other countries nervous.
This could have been a feisty exchange between two adversaries. But the summit was a calm affair, with each side hoping their hostile relationship could be ratcheted down a notch or two.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985: modern-day counterparts Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin could learn a lot about trust-building from their experience .
When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva, what will they learn from their predecessors more than 30 years ago?
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meeting in 2011, during the Obama presidency.
The Biden-Putin summit will be symbolic, rather than substantive - but there could be grounds for cautious optimism.