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One of the most brutal battles of the Second World War was the Nazi offensive against Stalingrad where atrocities were committed on both sides and the soldiers also had to contend with starvation and freezing conditions during a lengthy siege.

Ded Moroz (Father Frost) meets children in Moscow. The Russian equivalent of Father Christmas has been banned from state TV in Tajikistan

Father Christmas outlawed by Tajikistan TV

The country has banned Father Frost - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - from appearing on state TV as the character 'bears no relation to national traditions'

Polygamous Sect Members Come Out In Mass

Polygamy offers young women of Kazakhstan a ticket out of poverty

Gulf between rich and poor fuels revival of a practice which has become a status symbol for affluent men and a ticket out of poverty for young women

Goodbye, Lenin: Protesters raise the stakes at Kiev rally as they topple statue of former Communist leader

As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians demonstrate against plans for closer ties with Moscow, a hated symbol of Soviet rule is removed

Messianic Judaism – the best of both creeds

For Jews to become Christians, do they have to renounce their Jewish way of life?

The reclamation of socialism is crucial for Britain's future

Ralph Miliband's philosophy as more relevant than ever
Sergei Belov had a key role in the Soviet Union's famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final

Sergei Belov: Basketball player in the most infamous match in the sport’s history

Sergei Belov, who died on 3 October at the age of 69, was a basketball player who had a key role in the Soviet Union’s famous victory against the US in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich.

Alexander Litvinenko: The former KGB agent died from polonium-210 poisoning in 2006

Alexander Litvinenko's weeping widow appeals for funds to force inquiry into his death

The widow of a Russian dissident who died after being poisoned in London broke down in tears as she told how she was struggling to fund a fight to force a public inquiry.

Russian 'space troops' are not prepared for battle with aliens, says official

We are not ready to fight extraterrestrial civilizations, says defence official

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Best new ideas in politics are still the old ideas

Top politicians are brilliant at making old ideas sound as good as new. Ed Miliband’s is One Nation. David Cameron proclaimed – 13 times – that Tory Britain would be a “land of opportunity” as if it hadn’t been deployed by practically every party leader in memory.

George Grosz, Nieder mit Liebknecht (Down with Liebknecht), 1918

Art review: Georg Grosz's Berlin - Prostitutes, Politicians and Profiteers

This is the first substantial London show of works on paper by the great, Berlin-born political satirist Georg Grosz in twenty years, and, oddly, it is being staged in a private gallery. What is more, the show of 50 works is a major loan exhibition – none of the paintings of drawings is for sale. What's in it for the gallery? 'We got a call from a collector the other day, offering us works by Grosz,' Richard Nagy tells me. So there you have it.

Steaua Bucharest celebrate winning the 1986 European Cup

Champions League: Once feared across Europe, Chelsea opponents Steaua Bucharest went the way of the Wall

An exodus of talent, the end of state support and meagre resources have proved terminal

Yoran: he eventually moved to the US and became the chairman of a commercial aircraft company

Shalom Yoran: Soldier who evaded the Nazis and fought with a Jewish resistance unit

Shalom Yoran was a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi invasion and occupation of his country. He evaded the Einsatzgruppen, or mobile extermination units, survived extreme winter conditions and went on to fight as a partisan in a Jewish resistance unit.

Mother Teresa: Skopje also has plans for a huge statue of the nun, who was born in the city

Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa... Macedonia goes big on its national monuments

Not content with four-storey statues of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, city planners in Skopje are now inviting bids for a version of Rome’s Spanish Steps, part of a beautification campaign that has divided residents.

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam