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Andrey Vladimirovich Menshikov, mostly known by his stage name ‘Legalize’, but also for his membership in D.O.B and Bad Balance, is used to grating the Kremlin. KabanDanish/Wikimedia

Russian rap has long held up a mirror to Russian society – and the current reflection isn’t flattering

Vladimir Putin and his KGB men have steadily extinguished the artistic freedom the genre enjoyed in the 1990s, with Ukraine’s invasion adding yet another nail in the coffin.
People holding signs calling for an end to genocide in the Gaza Strip have been a common occurrence at pro-Palestinian protests. Christoph Reichwein/picture alliance via Getty Images

Both Israel and Palestinian supporters accuse the other side of genocide – here’s what the term actually means

People talk about genocide in a few different ways, ranging from technical to colloquial – but a war of words does not replace a path to peace, a genocide scholar writes.
Friendly relations: Vladimir Putin with the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas in 2021. Yevgeny Biyatov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File

The Israel-Hamas war benefits Russia, but so would playing peacemaker

Russia has strong ties with Israel as well as many Arab states, so it is well placed as a mediator. But does war in the Middle East suit Moscow’s priorities?
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard next to a police barricade outside the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, India, in September 2023. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Geopolitical chess game: Why India has no interest in serving as a western pawn

India is far from posing a threat to American power the way China is now. But if the West elevates India at China’s expense, it will eventually have to contend with Indian challenges.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is briefed on the counteroffensive and military situation during a visit to the frontlines, October 3 2023 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Ukraine Presidency/Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/Alamy

Ukraine recap: what war in the Middle East means for Putin and Ukraine

A selection of the best of our coverage of the conflict from the past fortnight.

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