News Boris Berezovsky was found dead at home last year

Moscow is trying to seize assets in Serbia allegedly belonging to the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, in an apparent attempt to claim some of what may be left of the fortune of Vladimir Putin’s once bitter foe.

Media: TV news has to play a generation game

Now that there are so many sources of news, is network TV strictly for old-timers?

Yeltsin publicly rebukes Primakov

FEARS THAT Russia faces another round of damaging political upheaval rose last night after Boris Yeltsin summoned his Prime Minister, Yevgeny Primakov, to the hospital where he is being treated and publicly ticked him off.

Yeltsin back in hospital for ulcer

PRESIDENT BORIS Yeltsin returned to hospital at the weekend after doctors discovered that a stomach ulcer, for which he received treatment in January, had not healed properly.

Resign? Over his dead body

Boris Yeltsin is a hobbled figure on the world stage. He has survived double pneumonia, bronchitis, heart trouble and a bleeding ulcer, yet he is a political corpse, hated at home, a laughing stock abroad. And the vultures are hovering. So why is he hanging on to power?

Review of 1998: It started with the pigs

Love had a happy ending for Mandela if not for Monica. Ireland trembled on the brink of peace; Iraq on the brink of war. Cole Moreton on 1998, a year in which a world depression loomed - but Viagra raised spirits

The death of Yeltsin's dream: the Independent year

Russia's Crisis

Focus: Welcome to Hell

How did Chechnya - a country once applauded by the West for its spirit of independence - descend to such levels of chaos and barbarism?

Yeltsin sacks his top aides

Yeltsin sacks his top aides

Leading Article: A sickly nation - but there are signs of hope

THE PATTERN is always the same: just when things could not get any worse, they do. The murder at the weekend of one of the most popular members of the Russian parliament is a vivid reminder of the lunacy of the country today. Galina Starovoitova, assassinated outside her home in St Petersburg, was one of the most respected politicians in Russia. Her death is a historic loss. The Russian prime minister, Yevgeny Primakov, yesterday promised a new crackdown on crime and extremism. But few Russians will believe him. Crackdowns on crime have become almost as familiar as violent crime itself.

Tony, the sin doctor

As the Lewinsky scandal broke, Bill Clinton turned to a Baptist minister for political salvation.

Brezhnev junior tries to keep the red flag flying

BREZHNEV lent across my office desk, sighed, and knotted the familiar caterpillar eyebrows as he prepared to outline his world vision with the confidence of a man used to ruling.

Clinton begs Russia not to abandon free market

BILL Clinton personally pleaded with Russia yesterday to put its house in order to avoid reverting to the Soviet past and to maintain the painful transition to market economics.

Barman! Give us two more Yeltsin surprises, please!

Who would have thought that communism would defeat capitalism from the inside?

Leading Article: The American president can still make a difference

WHAT DOES one say about today's meeting of Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin - two discredited leaders propping each other up as they desperately seek to get to the finishing line of the Millennium?

Russia's old hand at the helm

I still remember our dismay at the first public glimpse of the new premier - a sombre figure in a navy-blue raincoat
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes