His democratizing drive made him the toast of diplomatic circles and a cult hero in the West, the Soviet Union’s adversary in the Cold War.
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Several senior politicians visibly struggled to keep their eyes open during the Russian president's speech, including the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev.
When Turkey shot down a Russian plane last week, many feared what would happen next. But the ensuing war of words has not yet escalated into all-out conflict.
EU member Cyprus is now helping Russia in proceedings against Sergei Magnitsky, a whistleblowing lawyer who died in prison after the men he accused of stealing $230 million had him arrested.
National Front leader Marine Le Pen is expected to win important regional elections next month that could be a stepping stone to France's presidency.
In the aftermath of last week's deadly attacks, Russia has seen itself go from pariah state to possible partner with the West against ISIS.
“It’s war in Saint-Denis,” one resident wrote on Snapchat after hearing gunshots and police sirens.
The attacks in Paris are pushing France to a galvanizing point of no return that will likely to set the tone of French politics for some time.
"We were expecting something. We knew it was coming,” a Western diplomat told BuzzFeed News.
Ukraine's Western allies backed Arseniy Yatsenyuk when he became prime minister and vowed to "wage a war" on graft. But as the country's fight against corruption stalls, many in Kiev see his government as part of the problem.
The changes come amid a U.S. bribery probe and a BuzzFeed News report on allegations that the company altered records to provide high tech equipment to Vladimir Putin’s security services.
Exit polls showed Alexander Lukashenko winning a fifth term as president of the repressive post-Soviet state on Sunday with over 80% of the vote — the exact total he had said he would get.
As Belarus prepares to vote on Sunday, Alexander Lukashenko has no intent of relinquishing control. Max Seddon reports from Minsk for BuzzFeed News.
Svetlana Alexievich hit out at Belarus's Alexander Lukashenko during a press conference after winning the Nobel Prize in literature.
Svetlana Alexievich is known for her work as an investigative journalist in Russia and the former Soviet Union. BuzzFeed News's Max Seddon attended Alexievich's press conference in Minsk on Thursday, where she criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow is presenting its airstrike campaign as a triumph against the threat of ISIS, and shrugging off Western criticism.
Moscow is calling all anti-Assad forces “terrorists” much as it called Ukraine’s government “fascists” — and is taking a leaf from the U.S. playbook, too.
Moscow claims Syrian-piloted Russian jets are targeting ISIS, but Syrian activists post video showing attacks in areas controlled by rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad.
President Vladimir Putin said Russian warplanes were helping an offensive by the Assad regime. Earlier, the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously granted permission to deploy armed forces.