Zelensky thanks German Bundestag for acknowledging Holodomor genocide

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the German Bundestag’s decision to classify the famine in Ukraine, caused deliberately 90 years ago, as genocide. “This is a decision for justice, for truth,’’ Zelensky said in his daily video address on Thursday.…

Putin says Gorbachev ‘had huge impact on course of global history

Vladimir Putin has sent official condolences to the family of Mikhail Gorbachev in the first official Kremlin statement on the passing of the last leader of the Soviet Union. “Mikhail Gorbachev was a politician and statesman who had a huge…

Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has died aged 91. Mr Gorbachev, who took over in 1985, is best known for opening up the USSR and for his rapprochement with the West, but he was unable to prevent his country collapsing…

Belarus leader who helped dissolve USSR dies at 87

The first head of state of an independent Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, who with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine signed a decree dissolving the Soviet Union, has died aged 87, his wife told AFP. Shushkevich, who later became a critic…

Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after three decades (BBC)

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has led the country since independence from the Soviet Union, has announced his resignation. In a pre-recorded television address, he said the decision had “not been simple”. Mr. Nazarbayev, 78, has been largely unchallenged since…

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