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Ukraine seeks to ban Communist Party

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 21:28

Ukraine sought on Tuesday to ban the Communist Party more than two decades after the Soviet Union`s collapse because of its alleged support for pro-Russian insurgents battling government forces in the separatist east.

Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies at 86

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 19:21

Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union`s last foreign minister before becoming president of Georgia, died on Monday at the age of 86.

Cold War secrets out in open as KGB officer`s top classified files released

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 12:19

In what is being touted as one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history, top secret documents smuggled out of Russia by KGB officer Vasili Mitrokhin were made public on Monday.

Rebel volunteers ready for Ukraine frontline

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 16:20

They may not get proper uniforms or much training but from former policemen to Soviet army veterans a growing number of volunteers in east Ukraine are signing up with insurgents to battle government troops.

Democracy falling in ex-Soviet countries: Survey

Last Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 04:55

Democracy is declining in many nations that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union as governments take their cue from an increasingly repressive Russia, a new poll said Wednesday.

Never again `Berlin Wall` in Europe: Ukraine Prime Minister

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 01:49

Ukraine`s Prime Minister on Wednesday said that Europe would never again have a "Berlin Wall" and that his country wanted to become European, ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Viktor Sukhodrev, English voice of Soviet leaders, dies at 81

Last Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 14:16

The legendary interpreter who served as the English-language voice of every Soviet leader from Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev has died in Moscow aged 81.

Soviet-era space capsule fetches 1 mn euros at auction

Last Updated: Thursday, May 08, 2014, 19:38

A Soviet-era space capsule that was used for a series of key test flights into space in the 1970s fetched a million euros at an auction.

Ukraine on `combat alert` as rebels gain ground

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 02:38

Ukraine`s armed forces are on "full combat alert" against a possible Russian invasion, Kiev said today, as authorities admitted they were "helpless" to prevent pro-Kremlin insurgents tightening their grip on the increasingly chaotic east of the country.

Toppled ``mafia`` president cost Ukraine up to $100 billion, prosecutor says

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 00:36

Ukraine`s chief prosecutor has accused Viktor Yanukovich of heading a mafia-style syndicate whose crimes cost the former Soviet republic up to $100 billion.

Russia assures US it won`t invade Ukraine

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 09:51

Moscow has assured Washington it will not invade Ukraine, the US Defense Department said after the United States and Europe imposed fresh sanctions on Russia over its role in the former Soviet republic.

Putin orders crackdown on NGOs

Last Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014, 20:55

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a crackdown on "destructive" non-government organisations, saying such groups were behind the mass protests that brought down Ukraine`s government.