For 150 years the railway line between Moscow and St Petersburg ran as straight as an arrow for 403 miles. Straight, but for one big bend near Novgorod. The story goes that Tsar Nicholas was so fed up of officials dithering over the route that he plonked a ruler on the map and drew a straight line between the two cities, accidentally drawing around his finger in the process. Too terrified to point out his error, the builders constructed the railway with the Tsar's bump in place.
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Thursday 14 November 2013
Some analysts interpret Moscow delegation's trip as a shot across Washington's bows
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Birmingham City Ladies will make history this evening when they appear at St Andrew's for the first time for the second leg of their Women's Champions League last-16 tie.
Sunday 10 November 2013
A former teacher whose Russian ex-husband refused to return their two sons after they went for a visit to Russia has suffered a setback in her landmark legal fight to win them back.
Manchester City 5 CSKA Moscow 2 match report: Alvaro Negredo hat-trick and Sergio Aguero double sends City through and Russian fans packing
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Ever since Malcolm Allison declared that his club would now hurl themselves on “the cowards of Europe” and promptly got himself knocked out in the first round by Fenerbahce, the European Cup has cast its shadow over Manchester City.
Putin is a 'proud buff dude' and Russia should not be vilified for anti-gay laws ahead of Sochi Olympic Games, says US swimmer
Tuesday 15 October 2013
Richard Alther appeals to Russia President to treat gay athletes with compassion and respect
Friday 11 October 2013
Stephen Fry: Out There
Thursday 10 October 2013
Lon Snowden expresses gratitude to Russia and Putin for providing safe haven to the NSA whistleblower
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, the author of two books on Stalinist Russia, has also turned his hand to fiction. Inspired by "several true stories", this latest novel revisits Moscow during the last years of Stalin, the Red Tsar – an era characterised by paranoia and high-level betrayals. As the book's epilogue reminds us, "the familiar dilemmas of family life, the prizes and perils of children, adultery and career, have higher stakes than if the story was set in Hampstead."
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Monday 23 September 2013
A jailed member of the punk band Pussy Riot has launched a hunger strike to protest against living conditions in prison which she says “treat women like cattle”.
Armed Russian security officers storm Greenpeace ship and hold 30 activists at gunpoint, environmental group says
Thursday 19 September 2013
Activists have issued a plea to Vladimir Putin to order the Coast Guard - a branch of Russia's Federal Security Service - to 'holster their guns'
Sunday 15 September 2013
Mo Farah could conceivably target a golden treble at the next Olympics, according to the great Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie.
Saturday 14 September 2013
Fire is thought to have been caused by a patient either smoking or setting himself alight
Moscow mayor election: Defeat for Vladimir Putin’s biggest rival Alexei Navalny may yet be a pivotal moment
Monday 09 September 2013
Anti-corruption candidate sought votes by attacking Russia’s president
Moscow mayor election: Alexei Navalny demands new vote after losing to Vladimir Putin's key ally Sergei Sobyanin
Monday 09 September 2013
Allegations of 'clear falsifications' by the Putin-backed incumbent lead to calls for a run-off vote and threats of public protest
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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