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A state emblem of the former USSR, which was removed from Moscow's Leninsky Avenue after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Alexander Nemenov / AFP
A state emblem of the former USSR, which... […]

West became ‘arrogant’ after fall of Soviet Union: Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the West, especially the United States, grew "arrogant and self-confident" after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, leading to the eastward expansion of NATO
A Ukrainian soldier on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists not far from Gorlivka, Donetsk region. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov / AFP
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‘Accommodation?’: East Europe worries over Ukraine diplomacy

US President Joe Biden's comments about seeking a possible "accommodation" between Russia and NATO powers have had a chilling effect on European countries that were once ruled from Moscow
Paramedics near the Polish-Belarus border prepare to transport an elderly female member of a Kurdish family from Dohuk, Iraq to the town of Narewka, Poland, on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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All roads lead to Belarus on Iraq ‘package deals’

Iraqis willing and able to pay thousands of dollars for would-be "package deals" to the EU via Belarus have several itineraries to choose from. With many stuck at the Belarus-Poland border, AFP spoke to travel agents and migrants
A member of a Kurdish family from Iraq holds a sign calling for asylum as they wait for the border guard patrol near Narewka, Poland, near the Polish-Belarus border on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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Five things to know about the Poland-Belarus migrant crisis

An influx of migrants on the border between Poland and Belarus -- the EU's eastern frontier -- has led to an escalating crisis, with concerns growing in Europe. Five things to know about the stand-off
A worker paints over graffiti of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg. The inscription reads: "The hero of the new times". Photo: Olga Maltseva / AFP
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The Poisoning of Alexei Navalny – Episode 1: The Crackdown

Who is Alexei Navalny? What do we know about his poisoning? Is there any real opposition left in Russia? And do we have anything to fear from Russia? The answers are to be found in this AFP podcast series