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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.

Train travel: A new golden age

Glamorous rail journeys that evoke a bygone era have never been more popular. Now they are being joined by the Danube Express, thebrainchild of a former BR employee

Thousands watch eclipse in Russia

A shadow swept across Russia today, delighting skywatchers who flocked to Siberia from around the world to see a rare total eclipse of the sun.

Russians boldly go to the bottom of the world's deepest lake

Russian scientists travelling in twin mini-submarines yesterday reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. The daring underwater mission lasted five hours and attempted to set a new world record for a manned dive in freshwater.

Russians dive to bottom of world's deepest lake

Russian explorers plunged to the bottom of the world's deepest lake today in a show of Moscow's resurgent ambitions to set new records in science.

Human Love, By Andreï Makinetrs Geoffrey Strachan

There is little to celebrate about human nature in this novel about disillusionment and war

Impact Earth: Could we divert a giant asteroid?

A century ago this week, an asteroid fireball exploded over Siberia with the power of 185 Hiroshima bombs. Steve Connor asks how we can prevent a similar catastrophe in a major world city

Arctic thaw threatens Siberian permafrost

The permafrost belt stretching across Siberia to Alaska and Canada could start melting three times faster than expected because of the speed at which Arctic Sea ice is disappearing.

Director quits over board battle at TNK-BP

The executive infighting threatening to cripple BP's Russian subsidiary took a turn for the worse when one of its directors abruptly resigned in the wake of calls by the several top shareholders for the ousting of its chief executive.

Legal action ratchets up pressure on BP over Russian subsidiary

BP could be forced to cut production at its Russian subsidiary TNK-BP after a small Moscow brokerage with ties to one of its primary shareholders filed several lawsuits to keep 148 top engineering and technical staff from returning to work.

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Yegor Letov: 'Father of Russian punk'

For a Soviet musician thrown into a mental asylum by the KGB in the mid-1980s because of his anti-Communist lyrics, it was never the best idea, on release, to sing a song about Lenin "rotting in his mausoleum". But that is what the Siberian rocker Yegor Letov did, and it is partly why he was known as "the father of Russian punk" and "the Russian Sid Vicious".

Yakutsk: Journey to the coldest city on earth

Think our winter's been a bit grim? Try visiting Yakutsk – the Russian city where 'a bit nippy' means minus 50C, and a quick dash to the corner shop could end in frostbite. Shaun Walker enjoys amini-break in deepest Siberia

Ice is no obstacle to Russians' piety

Here is something to put Britain's wet and windy winter into perspective: Russians are taking sub-zero dips to celebrate the Orthodox Epiphany. The idea is to cleanse the soul, as well as the body. In parts of southern Russia, cleanliness is proving impossible. In Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, where temperatures are -15C, there has been no heating, water or power for 10 days. And the Met Office says there's worse to come. It has warned of an impending -55C in Siberia, which is 16C cooler than the normal minimum.

Climate change leaves mark on Siberian ice sculptures

Chinese scientists have warned that climate change is hurting the most famous draw in the northern city of Harbin – its annual ice sculpture contest.

Steve Richards: Gordon Brown cannot afford to wait much longer. He must make his move this autumn

Soon it will be too late. Voters will decide it is time for a change and opt for that nice chap on the bike
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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

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Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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