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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.

Russia criticises US Trade Bill linked to Human Rights

Russia kept up its criticism of the United States over the Magnitsky Act on Friday, as the legislation won overwhelming approval from the US House of Representatives.

Russia's broadened treason law denounced as Stalinist

A new law broadening the definition of treason was introduced yesterday, alarming opponents of President Vladimir Putin who say it will be used to silence his critics and that almost anyone in contact with foreigners will be at risk.

A cable car linking the Medeu Alpine Ice Arena and the Shymbulak Alpine Resort

The Hedonist: An almighty night in Almaty

What to see and where to be seen

Russians gather against totalitarianism

The muddy slush numbed the feet. Voices trembled, not because of the freezing cold but because of the weight of their words.

Valdimir Putin

Putin says 'One could die' listening to 27-member EU's talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is pushing for the integration of former Soviet states modeled on the European Union, said Thursday "one could simply die" listening to "27 countries and 27 languages" in EU debates.

Svetozar Gligoric: Grandmaster who challenged Soviet dominance

Svetozar Gligoric was among the world's top 10 chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and was considered one of the world's best players never to win the world championship, although he did go close.

Alan Gatagov was hit in the back of the head with a paintball

Disgruntled fans who shot Dynamo Moscow players with paintballs 'are idiots' says club's president

Dynamo Moscow's president has vowed to find and punish fans who shot at players using paintball rifles at the soccer club's training ground earlier today.

Page 3 Profile: Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian author

Mikhail who?

The last bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin was dismantled in the capital, Ulan Bator

Ulan Bator says goodbye, Lenin

The last bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin was dismantled in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, yesterday. The monument was hoisted off its plinth in a park and dropped on to a flat-bed lorry at a ceremony attended by the Mayor, Bat-Uul Erdene.

In exile: Maksim Bakiyev

Met arrests son of ousted Kyrgyz leader

Maksim Bakiyev faces extradition to the US, charged with conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice

A Georgian local official shows a document with the birth date of Mrs Khvichava in Sachino

Was she really 132? World's 'oldest ever person' Antisa Khvichava dies in remote Georgian village

A Georgian woman who claimed to be 132-years-old - making her the world’s oldest human being ever - has died.

Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-56 By Anne Applebaum

A superb study in the savagery of Soviet invasion and occupation of the Eastern bloc

Where the games began: On 23rd July 1948, the day when the Olympic Games began at Wembley Stadium, spinal injury patients – for the most part injured Second World War soliders – met in the gardens of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, for the first ever Stoke Mandeville Games. Their doctor, Ludwig Guttmann, had battled all manner of establishment figures to stage the games, which he recognised as crucial to restoring both his patients' health and their self-esteem. His efforts were noticed by the International Olympic Committee.

Key moments from the Paralympics past

How an Aylesbury doctor's idea to help injured servicemen recover from the Second World War spawned a festival of sport

Damascus denies jet was shot down

A warplane that came down in an eastern province crashed because of a technical failure and its pilot ejected, according to state media, while rebels claim they shot it down and captured the pilot.

Streets paved with gold Runners pass through the historic Leadenhall Market in the City of London during the marathon yesterday. Stephen Kiprotich won the race to give Uganda their first medal

Olympics round-up: Dream Team hold off Spanish challenge

Four years on, the basketball narrative is much the same. The United States are again Olympic champions and Spain, while threatening that dominance, remain inferior. The US have now won men's gold at five out of the last six Games.

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