Vladimir Putin played the role of the good tsar at his annual press conference, fielding questions, repeated declarations of grateful praise and requests to deal with unscrupulous businessmen and lazy bureaucrats. One excited journalist even credited him with an improvement in her love life, noting that she had “finally gotten married” shortly after meeting him in March.
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Monday 16 December 2013
A Gawker essay has ignited a culture war on the value of niceness
Friday 11 October 2013
Mind your back garden! The Communists are on the loose!
Thursday 25 April 2013
The Russian leader also denied that his new term has seen an increase in ‘Stalinist’ tendencies
Sunday 17 February 2013
Stalin is known to have despised his first son, Yakov Dzhugashvili, who is thought to have committed suicide in 1943
Sunday 20 January 2013
Karel Vas, who died on 8 December at the age of 96, was a prosecutor who came to symbolise unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. Vas was one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
Tuesday 15 January 2013
A gene has been uncovered that may help to create born leaders.
Saturday 29 September 2012
A superb study in the savagery of Soviet invasion and occupation of the Eastern bloc
Wednesday 06 June 2012
It is an unusual way to begin a trip to a museum. "This museum is a falsification of history," reads a makeshift shiny banner placed at the grand entrance to the Stalin Museum in the Georgian city of Gori. "It is a typical example of Soviet propaganda and it attempts to legitimise the bloodiest regime in history."
Rebecca Tyrrel: Dan Aykroyd believes that aliens visit us because 'they don't dance like Mick Jagger'
Saturday 19 May 2012
Who knew that Dan Aykroyd, writer and star of Ghostbusters, has webbed toes? Who ya gonna call if you're born with two toes fused together by shared tissue? No one, that's who.
Tuesday 20 December 2011
Friday 22 April 2011
Accounts by his inner circle give new insight into dictator's life
Friday 15 April 2011
Sunday 20 February 2011
The Marxist historian died today. In this review for the Independent on Sunday, first published last February, the Editor examined Hobsbawm's philosophy
Saturday 12 February 2011
On 12 February 1945 a communiqué was issued at the Yalta Conference announcing the carve-up of soon-to-be-defeated Germany and parts of Eastern Europe.
Thursday 13 January 2011
Russian investigators yesterday pinned much of the blame for the plane crash which killed the Polish President last year on the chief of his air force who had been drinking and ordered the crew to land in terrible weather conditions.
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
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End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
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