News Policemen walk at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi 18 January, 2014. UK officials are warning more terrorist attacks are “very likely to occur” in Russia either before or during the Olympics.

Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

Five Russian soldiers killed in suicide blast

Five soldiers have been killed and about 40 wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack on a Russian base, officials in Russia's violence-plagued republic of Dagestan said today.

Rebel assault on Chechen leader's stronghold leaves at least 12 dead

Chechen police killed 12 rebels as they repulsed a raid on the Moscow-backed president's home village yesterday, authorities said, an attack that broke a period of relative calm in the troubled Russian republic.

Last Night's TV: This World: Stolen Brides, BBC2<br />Cutting Edge: Four Sons versus Four Daughters, Channel 4<br />Ugly Betty, E4

Two wars in 20 years, widespread violence, the competing mores of tribal society, Islamic law and secularist Russia all collide to make present-day Chechnya a special kind of hell. Stolen Brides, a stunning report from the BBC journalist Lucy Ash, investigates the tradition in the former Soviet republic of men kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage. This isn't anomalous – in a population of barely over a million people, at least one person a week mysteriously disappears. Some of them end up dead; many end up betrothed to a stranger.

The stolen brides turned into Stepford wives

Lucy Ash reports from the Chechen medical centre claiming to 'cure' depressed women

Leader of Islamist militant group quits

The leader of a group of Islamists who have waged a fierce insurgency in Chechnya and neighbouring Russian provinces said in a video posted on YouTube that he is resigning after years of attacks, including a subway bombing in Moscow that killed 40 people.

Ieva Raubisko: Investigation into Natalia Estemirova murder lacks rigour

One year after the murder of Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, her killers remain undiscovered by an investigation lacking in rigour and impartiality

Frustration over hunt for Chechnya crusader's killers

A year after the murder of Natalya Estemirova, one of Chechnya’s leading human rights crusaders, her former colleagues and friends expressed anger today that no progress has been made in catching those behind the killing.

Drive-by paintballers attack women in Grozny over 'non-Islamic' clothes

Chechnya's kremlin-backed President, Ramzan Kadyrov, has endorsed the growing practice of shooting at women in the street with paintball guns if they are not wearing traditional Muslim clothing.

Living Souls, By Dmitry Bykov, trans. Cathy Porter

Dmitry Bykov's ambitious and sprawling book (abridged in English with the author's consent) caused a furore in Russia when published in 2006. Blending a novel of ideas with a fairy-tale and satire with lyricism, Bykov in Living Souls gives a picture of Russia in the near future and - as so many others before him - tries to understand the eternal contradictions of his country.

Chechnya: Suicide bombing targets leader

A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a music hall where the leader of Russia's Chechnya region was attending a concert, leaving him unharmed but injuring five servicemen.

Blast hurts over 10 in Russia's Nalchik

More than ten people were injured when a bomb exploded today in Nalchik, the capital of Russia's Kabardino-Balkaria republic, in a sign that unrest is spreading in the troubled North Caucasus region.

President is trying to kill me, says Chechen clan leader

A powerful Chechen clan leader, who has seen two of his brothers murdered in the last two years, yesterday accused the Chechen president of being behind the killings and an attempt on his own life.

Suicide bomber 'widow of terrorist leader'

Russia says seventeen-year-old was one of 'black widows' who attacked Moscow metro

The Kindly Ones, By Jonathan Littell

"You might also have done what I did," smirks Dr Max Aue: jurist, aesthete, intellectual - and eager director of Nazi atrocities as an SS officer in the worst circles of wartime hell. Littell's mammoth investigation of civilised man's ability to commit the unthinkable, and then defend it, has recruited as many bitter enemies as passionate fans.

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