March 26, 2020

With his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the Russian constitution, Putin was sworn in for the fourth time in 2018, when he promised to serve the Russian people faithfully. Today, he is trying to alter and shape that same constitution to suit his own interests and cemen...

March 24, 2020

On the 21st April 2019, Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian and complete political outsider, was swept to power in the Ukrainian Presidential elections. He comfortably beat his incumbent rival Petro Poroshenko by gaining 73% of the vote. Around the world, this electi...

February 1, 2020

Vladimir Putin has been in power for over twenty years. Russia is now unimaginable without his shadow silently lurking in the background. His fourth term of office (after taking a short break in 2008 by switching chairs with Dmitry Medvedev) will end in 2024. However,...

February 1, 2020

When Putin first came to power, he inherited a Russia in a state of misery, distress and turmoil. The Communist ideology that had dominated existence for seven decades had been tossed away, leaving Russians to adapt to a strange new idea: capitalism. Putin undertook to...

January 18, 2020

In November 2019, Boris Johnson blocked the publication of a report into alleged Russian interference in UK democratic politics, including the 2016 EU referendum. Nearly two months later, he still has not released this report, nor has he established any Select Committe...

January 1, 2020

High hopes, weighed down by cautious cynicism, accompanied a December summit which saw Russian president Vladimir Putin meet with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, alongside Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel. It was the first meeting between the Normandy...

April 29, 2019

On the 25th of April, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin for talks focused on efforts to de-nuclearise the Korean peninsula. Importantly, this follows on from the failed Hanoi summit with President Trump in February, which ended...

February 25, 2019

As the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople signed the Tomos – a document that grants independence within the Orthodox Church – decreeing the autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he marked one of the most significant divides within Orthodoxy since...

November 2, 2018

The United States’ withdrawal from the INF treaty (Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty) is a worrying development, but we shouldn’t be surprised. This decision, alongside others such as the US’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal, is pa...

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