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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Friday 01 August 2008
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.
Wednesday 30 July 2008
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.
Tuesday 29 July 2008
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.
Sunday 13 July 2008
Wednesday 02 July 2008
Saturday 14 June 2008
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.
Saturday 31 May 2008
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.
Thursday 15 May 2008
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.
Monday 03 March 2008
Tuesday 26 February 2008
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".
Monday 21 January 2008
Sunday 20 January 2008
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.
Thursday 10 January 2008
Chinese scientists have warned that climate change is hurting the most famous draw in the northern city of Harbin – its annual ice sculpture contest.
Tuesday 06 June 2006
Saturday 06 May 2006
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