Mansur Mirovalev

Mansur Mirovalev

Ukraine

Ukraine's Mariupol stuck between war and Russian blockade

Mariupol is Ukraine's principal port on the Sea of Azov and has great economic and strategic significance.

Ukraine's Mariupol stuck between war and Russian blockade

Ukraine

Russian gas pipeline divides the West and 'punishes' Ukraine

Germany wants cheap Russian gas via Nord Stream 2, while Ukraine fears economic ruin.

Russian gas pipeline divides the West and 'punishes' Ukraine

North Korea

Kim and Putin: Challenging the US role in denuclearisation

Russia does not want a nuclear disaster next door, but its interest in the disarmament of North Korea is limited.

Kim and Putin: Challenging the US role in denuclearisation

North Korea

What's at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?

North Korean leader to meet Russian president with discussions on economy, denuclearisation likely to be on the agenda.

What's at stake as Kim Jong Un meets President Putin in Russia?

Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev steps down - or did he?

With Nursultan Nazarbayev giving up some of his powers, questions are arising as to who will succeed him.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev steps down - or did he?

Europe

Ukraine at crossroads five years after 'revolution of dignity'

The Maidan protests shook Russian influence in Ukraine, but many feel the promises of the revolution are unfulfilled.

Ukraine at crossroads five years after 'revolution of dignity'

Religion

Pro-Russian clerics resist official pressure to join new church

Despite threats reportedly growing, fewer than 100 of 12,000 Russia-affiliated parishes have joined the new church.

Pro-Russian clerics resist official pressure to join new church

Crimea

Ukraine imposes martial law after Russia seizes ships near Crimea

President Poroshenko's proposal for 30 day imposition of martial law approved by Ukrainian parliament.

Ukraine imposes martial law after Russia seizes ships near Crimea

ISIS/ISIL

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

Analysts say opposition is purged in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan whenever there is a perceived threat.

Do Central Asian leaders use ISIL threats for political gain?

The Far Right

After series of attacks, why is the far right 'granted impunity'?

Despite a minuscule parliamentary presence, Ukraine's far right has become a visible and dreaded political force.

After series of attacks, why is the far right 'granted impunity'?

Russia

Putin triumphs over Trump at US-Russia summit

President Donald Trump questions US intelligence community, not Putin, on alleged Russian meddling in 2016 election.

Putin triumphs over Trump at US-Russia summit

Russia

Russia attempts to regain clout over North Korea

Unlike the West, Russia does not want the Kim Jong-un regime to collapse - or change at all.

Russia attempts to regain clout over North Korea