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Head of MI6 whose achievements included bringing the double agent Oleg Gordievsky out of the Soviet Union

Russia furious as British Council reopens in Moscow

The diplomatic crisis between the UK and Russia – stemming from the radiation poisoning in London of the former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko – escalated significantly yesterday as the Russian government retaliated after Britain decided to reopen two regional cultural offices in defiance of the Kremlin.

Larsson heads for home after the perfect finishing touch

Few men have done as much for Barcelona, or Celtic, in an entire career as Henrik Larsson achieved in a little over half an hour as a decisive substitute at the Stade de France on Wednesday evening. The bare statistics tell the tale: 33 minutes of action; two assists for goals; a single yellow card; and a victory that took the European Cup to Catalunya for only the second time and, with it, automatic Champions' League qualification for his Scottish former club.

Dr Mikhail Stern

Sexologist and Soviet dissident

Banks and cold-callers are enough to make you swear in Russian

Yes, he would report my complaint. I knew what was next. Address. Account number. Mother's maiden name

KGB's founder back on his plinth in Russia

Thirteen years ago, democracy-hungry Russians yelped with joy as a statue to one of the Soviet Union's most brutal secret policemen was toppled. Yesterday, in a potent symbol of the new Putinised Russia, a new statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of what was later to become the KGB, was erected.

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Blunt by name, but not by nature

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