The leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party, Petro Symonenko, was the target of a murder attempt by far-right militiamen on 16th May in Kiev.
Opinions did differ, but the entire congress gave major blame for the crisis to NATO, the European Union and the German government.
Commenting on Ukrainian developments, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius pooh-poohed the idea that there is a fascist danger.
In Russia the memories of the Nazi invasion of 1941, of the war that followed and of the activities of local Nazi collaborators, including Ukrainian ones historically linked to the present crowd of extremists in Kiev, are strong.
The Svoboda Party has scored six cabinet ministries in the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday. Svoboda is an ultra-right, anti-Semitic, Russophobic party with its base of support in the Western Ukraine.
There is an obvious desire to either celebrate or deny a barbarous past, to make sure that "the times they are not a-changin'."
Forty years after the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a judge ordered police to find the man that prosecutors allege may have been instrumental in poisoning him.
On February 28, Germany's Bundestag members of most political parties voted to send German troops to Mali.
There were tweets every minute and soon tens of thousands of electronic messages - all about sexual harassment and sexism in general.
Berlusconi, a billionaire media titan, whose conservatives are polling second in voter surveys ahead of next month's election, spoke to reporters a during ceremony commemorating the Holocaust.