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The country's police also revealed that 1,773 Muslim women had been persuaded to stop wearing the hijab
A new account of the Russian dynasty, spanning 300 years, relishes the sex and violence but lacks an overarching theme
1. An armillary sphere features on the flag of which western European country?
Most of his films were centred on an improbable event that turns the boredom of daily life into a vortex of comic escapades
The former world chess champion turned Russian opposition leader recognises only light and dark, right and wrong
A journalist, playwright and screenwriter, Alexievich’s oeuvre is dominated by her intrepid and beautifully researched works of non-fiction
Is he doomed to play the role of Mikhail Gorbachev to an organisation long as secretive as the Kremlin?
Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more
An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.
Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan have twin convictions for cocaine trafficking and went by aliases
As the Russian engineer passes away, aged 94, here are five quick-fire facts to get you up to bullet-speed, pronto
Trivial Pursuit is our Christmas miracle, something that takes us back to a time when I was a toddler, the USSR was going strong, and Maggie Thatcher was at No. 10
The British coroner examining the death of an ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko has today ruled the question of whether Russia was responsible will be withdrawn from the scope of the inquiry.