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      An exiled ex-president plans a comeback in Georgia
      Oct22

      An exiled ex-president plans a comeback in Georgia

      IN THE GARISH style of a video game, the former Soviet republic of Georgia’s richest man is running around in a suit, knocking out golden coins with his head, when a rotund figure pops out of a chimney, destroying the oligarch and triggering “game over”. The victor—in the mock game—is Mikheil Saakashvili, independent Georgia’s...

      Ukraine’s anti-corruption court bares its teeth
      Sep24

      Ukraine’s anti-corruption court bares its teeth

      THE OFFICIALS who ran Ukraine before its revolution in 2014 are believed to have stolen billions of dollars. One crony gave Viktor Yanukovych, when he was president, a solid gold loaf of bread. So nabbing a regional forestry official for a $10,000 bribe may seem like small potatoes. But the sentencing on August 28th of Oleksandr Levkivsky, who...

      Angela Merkel is losing patience with Vladimir Putin
      Sep10

      Angela Merkel is losing patience with Vladimir Putin

      VLADIMIR PUTIN and his officials refuse to utter the name of Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s leading opponent, in public. But in Berlin, where Mr Navalny has been recuperating in hospital since his poisoning in Siberia on August 20th, he is the talk of the town. Mercifully, on September 7th he emerged from a medically induced coma. German...

      The information war over Belarus hots up
      Sep03

      The information war over Belarus hots up

      IT WAS THE cables that gave them away. As foreign and local journalists in Belarus scrambled to report on the latest crackdown on peaceful protesters, one film crew was always in prime position. Its members were untouched whenever police hounded other journalists, stripping them of their accreditation and deporting them. The camera cables that...

      Europe still lacks a foreign policy
      Jul30

      Europe still lacks a foreign policy

      TO DEPRESS AN EU diplomat, lay out a map of Europe. On one border is Russia, posing a physical threat to the bloc’s eastern members and a digital one to the rest. To the south-east the western Balkans remain a mess. Turkey has evolved from partner to awkward neighbour to menace. In Ukraine a war still rumbles on, while Belarus, previously a...

      Tough-on-drug policies often hit women hardest
      Jun25

      Tough-on-drug policies often hit women hardest

      SVITLANA MOROZ started injecting opium as a 16-year-old in Ukraine. Soon she grew accustomed to policemen and their friends taunting her, or assaulting her. Their attitude, she recalls, was “you are a woman who uses drugs, so we can use you how we want.” At 19, she received a double diagnosis: pregnant and HIV-positive. Scared of harming her...

      A former president of Georgia tries to shake up Ukraine
      Apr30

      A former president of Georgia tries to shake up Ukraine

      THE LAST time Mikheil Saakashvili grabbed the headlines in Ukraine was when he was filmed climbing onto the roof of an apartment block in Kyiv, the capital, as he was being chased by security men. That was in December 2017, when the former president of Georgia, who had bizarrely become a prominent politician in Ukraine, was being hounded by...

      America’s dry run to defend Europe is derailed by covid-19
      Apr23

      America’s dry run to defend Europe is derailed by covid-19

      Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub IT WAS TO be America’s largest deployment of troops across the Atlantic...

      Russia’s economy is isolated from the global rout
      Mar26

      Russia’s economy is isolated from the global rout

      VLADIMIR PUTIN is no doubt feeling smug. The Russian economy ought to be in crisis, but it is not. Covid-19 is causing a global meltdown. The price of oil has slumped below $30 a barrel, half what it was two months ago. Oil and gas traditionally account for two-thirds of Russian exports. That has sent the rouble sliding. The currency has lost...

      An Orthodox Christian schism in Ukraine echoes around the world
      Feb20

      An Orthodox Christian schism in Ukraine echoes around the world

      ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS across the globe are bracing themselves for the Lenten fast, a seven-week period of vegan fare and prayer that starts on March 2nd. But few expect this annual ritual to close the rift that runs through eastern Christendom. A dispute that flared a year ago over the proclamation of an independent church in Ukraine has ricocheted...