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.
Soviet general whose design for a cheap and reliable assault rifle transformed the nature of conflict round the world
DNA indicates that group of Siberians must have played a key role
First official confirmation of jailed Tolokonnikova's whereabouts is announced after she vanished from sight three weeks ago
The Russian leader also denied that his new term has seen an increase in ‘Stalinist’ tendencies
The original painting of the Chinese Girl, thought to be the most reproduced print in the world, was sold for nearly £1 million today.
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.
Some owners can’t cope when popular breed turns into ‘Kevin the teenager’
A modern-day fairy tale from the small Siberian town of Tiksi, told through the lens of Evgenia Arbugaeva, is one of the highlights of the upcoming London Festival of Photography.
Ray Lygo was a naval airman who transferred to surface ships, becoming a full admiral, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, and briefly First Sea Lord, before moving on to be a captain of industry. The latter role saw him caught up in the Westland affair during the 1980s.
As Robert Holman's touching triptych of war plays is revived at the Donmar, Paul Taylor salutes an undervalued but endlessly powerful playwright
The view from a log cabin
It sounded like a brilliant marketing move by BMW: pay to have the name of its Mini Cooper Roadster associated with the cold snap currently engulfing Europe and everyone would be talking about it. But the car manufacturer is regretting the decision after the freezing weather was blamed for the deaths of more than 70 people.
Car firm pays to name weather system after new model – then sees it kill scores across Europe
A libel case is shedding light on the secretive world inhabited by the super-rich – and Lord Mandelson. Jerome Taylor reports
From Siberia and the Middle East to China, Rory Smith follows the trail of vast fortunes