Attempts in Russian society to rehabilitate the despotic leader have provoked rebellion. Shaun Walker reports from Moscow
Picasso was a communist party member, but he would have been locked up for his art under Stalin
These Russian soldiers were being put through their paces yesterday at Alabino, just outside Moscow, in preparation for the huge Victory Day parade planned for 9 May in the capital.
Could this disaster help rebuild relations with Russia, destroyed by a 1940 massacre of Poles? Shaun Walker reports
Audrey Mossom, who has died aged 88, won considerable fame when, in 1935, as a vivacious 15-year-old schoolgirl, she was crowned Railway Queen of Great Britain. Subsequently one of the earliest celebrities to switch-on Blackpool's famous illuminations, not once, but twice, she also undertook a highly controversial peace trip to Russia, where, among others, she met Joseph Stalin.
Russian liberals sued over pamphlet saying that the dictator killed civilians
He was more than a match for Maggie. Now the actor is squaring up to Stalin
Can you fit Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia into a short holiday? Yes, says Andy McSmith