Sweetness and light among shame and confusion. The greatest of all novels is Leo Tolstoy's final novel, Resurrection. Its effect upon a reader is immense and immediate. Even after eight readings of various translations, I continue to feel its spell and admire its complexity.
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Mikhail Kalashnikov: Soviet general whose design for a cheap and reliable assault rifle transformed the nature of conflict round the world
Tuesday 24 December 2013
With his stocky frame, and his general's uniform smothered with medals, Mikhail Kalashnikov looked the quintessential Soviet military veteran. But he was a veteran with a difference. For one thing he was a keen and lifelong poet. For another, having been badly wounded fighting the German invader around Bryansk in October 1941, early in what Russians still call the Great Patriotic War, he conceived what would become the most famous assault rifle in the world.
Monday 23 December 2013
Soviet general whose design for a cheap and reliable assault rifle transformed the nature of conflict round the world
First people to colonise the Americas before Christopher Columbus are linked to Europe by new DNA discovery
Wednesday 20 November 2013
DNA indicates that group of Siberians must have played a key role
Wednesday 13 November 2013
First official confirmation of jailed Tolokonnikova's whereabouts is announced after she vanished from sight three weeks ago
Thursday 10 October 2013
Sergei Rumyantsev, 55, stabbed the animal in heart after he was attacked
Thursday 26 September 2013
Fussy direction from Calixto Bieito, but magnificent singing from the cast
Review: Glorious Misadventures - Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America, By Owen Matthews
Saturday 31 August 2013
Ripping yarn of a Russian way out west
Saturday 31 August 2013
Global Outlook Minsk's decision to hook Mr Baumgertner at the airport makes more sense of a bizarre little spat between Mr Lukashenko and Mr Putin last month.
Sunday 23 June 2013
“Anglia Square Not Leicester Square” is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.
All of a twitcher! Rare Pacific swift sparks chaos in Trimley villages as hundreds of birdwatchers descend to catch a glimpse
Monday 17 June 2013
Police were called to a nature reserve after hundreds of twitchers descended to catch a glimpse of a rare bird.
Thursday 25 April 2013
The Russian leader also denied that his new term has seen an increase in ‘Stalinist’ tendencies
Wednesday 20 March 2013
The original painting of the Chinese Girl, thought to be the most reproduced print in the world, was sold for nearly £1 million today.
Friday 15 February 2013
An asteroid as big as an Olympic swimming pool has narrowly missed the Earth this evening, becoming the closest ever for an object of that size.
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Maria Alekhina, one of the three members of the punk band Pussy Riot jailed over a stunt in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral last year, lost an appeal for clemency today.
Friday 28 December 2012
Punch Taverns jumped yesterday after it emerged that Morgan Stanley had hiked its stake in the troubled UK pub owner to 12 per cent. Against a backdrop of discussions with investors about restructuring the business, shares in Punch rose as much as 8.6 per cent in the morning as Morgan Stanley revealed it had increased its stake by 10 per cent to 76.5 million shares. They declined later but still ended up 1.9p, or 2.5 per cent, at 7.6p.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
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