Political phone pranksters played a big part in the passage of draconian laws that strangle free expression in Russia.
Religion plays an important role in expansive views of Russian nationhood. But faith has played a role in Ukrainian nationalism, too.
The west Ukrainian city has long been both a symbol of Ukrainian identity and an effevescent, multicultural hub.
The war in Ukraine has an important faith dimension, because Christians on both sides share thousands of years of religious history.
Russia sent troops to two Moscow-allied breakaway regions in Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin recognized the regions’ independence. Five stories provide background to the growing conflict.
The current split in Ukrainian Orthodoxy reflects a fundamental question: Are Ukrainians and Russians one people or two separate nations?