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      No laughing matter? What Ukraine’s joker-in-chief says about politics today
      May01

      No laughing matter? What Ukraine’s joker-in-chief says about politics today

      He’ll be quick-witted and funny – but how can Volodymyr Zelenskiy possibly lead a country? A comedian gives his verdict on the new president and other gag-cracking politicians‘Ukraine have elected a comedian as president,” the text message began and, as a comic myself, I knew what was coming next. I’m sure comedians all over the world...

      Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!
      May01

      Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!

      From Mad Men to The Crown, the actor is used to big exits. As new disaster drama Chernobyl launches, he talks about cover-ups, climate change shame – and his hellraising dad RichardJared Harris says that if only he had played Lane Pryce as he was meant to, he would have probably lasted the duration of Mad Men. Pryce, the financial executive at...

      Actor who played young mobster is stabbed in Naples
      Apr29

      Actor who played young mobster is stabbed in Naples

      Artem Tkachuk, 18, of Piranhas film is believed to have been attacked by a ‘baby gang’ in cityAn actor who appeared in an award-winning film about child criminals in Naples has been stabbed by an alleged member of one of the Italian city’s “baby gangs”.Artem Tkachuk, 18, originally from Ukraine, played a young mobster in The Piranhas,...

      Ferrexpo finance chief sold £400,000 stake on eve of share slump
      Apr29

      Ferrexpo finance chief sold £400,000 stake on eve of share slump

      Selloff came hours before auditor resigned amid scandal over Ukraine charity paymentsThe chief financial officer of scandal-hit mining company Ferrexpo sold shares worth more than £400,000 the day before the FTSE 250 mining company lost almost a third of its market value.Chris Mawe sold 150,000 shares worth a total of £402,045 on...

      Ukraine president snubs Putin passport offer and hits back
      Apr28

      Ukraine president snubs Putin passport offer and hits back

      Volodymyr Zelenskiy promises to grant citizens to Russians ‘suffering’ under Kremlin ruleVolodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who last week won Ukraine’s presidential election, has dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the...

      Zelenskiy’s election proves Ukraine is a healthy democracy. Putin hates that | Natalie Nougayrède
      Apr25

      Zelenskiy’s election proves Ukraine is a healthy democracy. Putin hates that | Natalie Nougayrède

      The president-elect may be a political novice: but his meteoric rise against the establishment will inspire Russian activistsOn the night of Ukraine’s presidential election last weekend, Vladimir Putin did not pick up his phone to congratulate the winner. Nor has he since. Putin is in waiting mode. Perhaps that’s because what Ukraine...

      Ukraine adopts law enforcing use of Ukrainian in public life
      Apr25

      Ukraine adopts law enforcing use of Ukrainian in public life

      Critics fear disenfranchisement of Russian speakers but advocates say move bolsters national identity Ukraine’s parliament has adopted a new law that will require the use of Ukrainian language in most aspects of public life, a decision that supporters say will strengthen national identity but that critics contend could disenfranchise the...

      Russia eases passport process for Ukrainians in breakaway regions
      Apr24

      Russia eases passport process for Ukrainians in breakaway regions

      Decree issued by Moscow causes anger in Kyiv and will be challenge for new presidentVladimir Putin has signed a law that will allow Ukrainians living in the breakaway regions of south-east Ukraine to receive Russian passports more easily.The provocative decision caused anger in Kyiv, where the offer of Russian passports will be taken as an...

      Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see, running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt
      Apr23

      Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see, running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt

      Volodymyr Zelenskiy is not interested in building a vision for the future, but on denigrating everything that came beforeAs a comedy writer, I tell myself lies to make myself feel better about my life decisions. “That two-star review reads more like a four!” “If I lived in the 1960s I’d definitely have been in Monty Python!” “My wife...

      As the bookseller said to the archbishop | Brief letters
      Apr22

      As the bookseller said to the archbishop | Brief letters

      Extinction Rebellion | Bookstore surprises | Rabbits | Comedians in power | BrexitYour coverage of the Extinction Rebellion protest has been exemplary. In line with their demand to “tell the truth”, perhaps headlines about climate change affecting us right now could take a less celebratory tone (Temperature records tumble as UK basks in Easter...