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  • Masked men storm Moscow screening of film about Stalin-era famine

    Authorities question staff of Russian NGO Memorial after mob disrupts screening of Mr Jones at its office

    A group of masked men stormed the offices of a renowned human rights organisation in Moscow on Thursday to disrupt the screening of Mr Jones, a British co-produced film about the Holodomor, the Stalin-era famine that killed millions of peasants in Soviet Ukraine during the 1930s.

    The 2019 movie, starring the British actor James Norton and directed by the Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland, depicts the real-life story of Gareth Jones, a Welshman who is widely considered to have been the first journalist to document the famine, after repeated visits to the Soviet Union.

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  • Biden meets Kenyatta as Pandora papers leak swirls around world leaders

    US president raised issue of financial transparency and accountability with Kenyan counterpart, says White House

    The fallout from the Pandora papers leak continues to be felt around the world as one of the leaders caught up in the scandal, Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, held talks with Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

    Biden and Kenyatta underscored the need to bring additional transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems and to advance peaceful resolutions to the conflicts in Somalia and Ethiopia, according to a White House readout of their meeting.

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  • Like it or not, with Nord Stream 2, Putin has a foot on the gas Europe badly needs

    With Gazprom’s flagship pipeline poised to deliver energy under the Baltic, leaders have little choice but to do business

    After years of debate in Germany and beyond, the Russian state-backed energy giant Gazprom confirmed last month that it had finished building Nord Stream 2, a 760-mile pipeline with the potential to send 55bn cubic metres of gas under the Baltic Sea to Germany every year.

    Russia is already Europe’s biggest gas supplier, but once running, Nord Stream 2 would offer a significant boost to the annual 170bn cubic metres that keep lights on across the continent.

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