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    1. November 11, 2014

      Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

      The year was 1935, and the august critic of the New York Sun was shocked. Really shocked. He had just made the acquaintance...

    2. October 19, 2014

      Sir Andrew Likierman of London Business School on good leaders

      Are you a successful leader? How would you know? Probably even more importantly, how would others know? These are questions...

    1. The A-List

      September 25, 2014

      Beijing needs to talk to the Uighurs

      Ilham Tohti during his trial © REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV The sentencing of Chinese scholar Ilham Tohti to life...

    2. August 29, 2014

      Choose enemies carefully but be less picky about allies

      Perhaps the most duplicated photograph in diplomatic history shows Chairman Mao Zedong smiling benignly at Henry Kissinger,...

    3. August 29, 2014

      ‘The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-41’, by Roger Moorhouse

      The 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact, whose 75th anniversary falls this month, inverted every prevailing assumption about ideology and...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      March 5, 2014

      Remembering Joseph Stalin in Red Square

      Sergei Ilntsky/EPA A man holds a portrait of Josef Stalin before laying flowers at the grave of the late Soviet leader...

    5. October 28, 2013

      A wobbly ‘march of the makers’

      Can a country reshape its economy by political will? Joseph Stalin dragged the Soviet Union from the agrarian to the...

    6. beyondbrics

      October 10, 2013

      The cost of a revolution: $800bn

      It'll cost you Commenting on the Russian revolution, Joseph Stalin is alleged to have said, “You can’t make an omelette...

    7. The World

      February 1, 2013

      Window on the Bolshoi: four dancers

      Two weeks ago a masked assailant threw acid in the face of the Bolshoi’s artistic director Sergei Filin. The attack has cast...

    8. September 21, 2012

      Pieces in times of war

      Witnessing the perfectly rhythmic applause that followed a performance of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony by the Russian...

    9. August 24, 2012

      Cruel hero

      Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov, by Geoffrey Roberts, Icon Books, RRP£25/Random House, $30, 400 pages In June...

    10. December 30, 2011

      Government questioned on double-agents

      Winston Spencer-Churchill, the grandson of the former prime minister, wrote to the government demanding answers about...

    11. December 1, 2011

      Enron: 10 years after

      Here’s a take you may not hear elsewhere on the 10th anniversary of Enron’s collapse – the company also left a positive...

    12. November 29, 2011

      Stalin’s daughter dies in Wisconsin

      CHICAGO, November 28 – The only daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Svetlana Peters, who denounced communism after a...

    13. November 4, 2011

      Capitalism can’t just be about money

      “So what do you reckon about the protests?” “The occupation of the front doorstep of St. Paul’s Cathedral, you mean?” “No,...

    14. September 25, 2011

      Putin move risks public backlash

      Rather than heralding a westward, liberalising trend in Russia’s post-communist history, Dmitry Medvedev’s presidency looks...

    15. September 2, 2011

      A spycatcher who rebuilt Colossus

      It was more than three decades after the end of the second world war that Britons learnt that something called Colossus –...

    16. June 29, 2011

      City focus: Warsaw’s cultural renaissance

      Warsaw has long seemed to epitomise the dreariness of communist urban planning in eastern Europe, but the city is changing....

    17. June 19, 2011

      Elena Bonner dies aged 88

      Elena Bonner, the prominent Russian human rights activist and widow of Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace...

    18. May 24, 2011

      Russian military budget sapped by corruption

      A fifth of the military hardware budget in Russia is stolen by corrupt officials and contractors each year, bleeding the...

    19. December 30, 2010

      From Russia with surtitles

      In the west, the 1960s are a well-known cultural trademark, evoking The Beatles, Woodstock and the Vietnam war. Another...

    20. December 10, 2010

      Russia: All to play for

      Winter campaign: the Sochi games are widely seen as a grand project of prime minister Vladimir Putin – pictured at right...

    21. December 5, 2010

      Medvedev visit marks turn in Polish relations

      After years of tensions between Russia and Poland, a state visit by Dmitry Medvedev, which begins on Monday, is being read...

    22. November 25, 2010

      Thomas Cook invests in Intourist brand

      When Sistema, the Moscow oil-to-telecoms conglomerate, acquired Intourist in the early 1990s, it took over a household name...

    23. November 16, 2010

      M&S controller gets on his bike

      Was it management’s talk of bottom-lifting and frontal-enhancing underpants on a recent conference call, the arrival of a...

    24. November 16, 2010

      Back to the land

      Few leaders, except perhaps Joseph Stalin, would cite a visit to a tractor factory as their moment of inspiration – but that...

    25. November 4, 2010

      Russia was the aggressor, not Japan

      From Dr Charles Coutinho. Sir, With reference to Alexander Panov’s comment quoted in your report “President’s tour puts...

    26. June 14, 2010

      Kyrgyz dilemma

      Remote as it seems, Kyrgyzstan poses a prickly dilemma for the international community. Ethnic violence between Kyrgyz and...

    27. June 12, 2010

      Why We Lie

      Why We Lie, by Dorothy Rowe, Fourth Estate RRP£18.99, 384 pages Lies, in Dorothy Rowe’s book, form the basic coinage of...

    28. January 19, 2010

      Kremlin cheers as public turns its back on Yushchenko

      Russia yesterday cheered the exit of Viktor Yushchenko, who lost Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine in the first...

    29. January 18, 2010

      Kremlin cheers as Ukraine shuns Yushchenko

      Russia on Monday cheered the exit of Viktor Yushchenko, who lost Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine in the first...

    30. December 4, 2009

      Putin the 'good tsar' revels in TV role as man of people

      Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, offered his opinion on everything from the legacy of Joseph Stalin to how to...

    31. December 3, 2009

      ‘Good tsar’ Putin revels in TV role

      Vladimir Putin appears live on national Russian television in four-hour marathon Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister,...

    32. November 9, 2009

      When moral ambiguity is necessary

      After a weekend of remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the removal of a foundation stone of the larger edifice of...

    33. November 8, 2009

      When moral ambiguity is necessary

      On Compromise and Rotten Compromises By Avishai Margalit Princeton University Press $26.95/£18.95 After a weekend of...

    34. September 6, 2009

      Obama speech to pupils riles Republicans

      Encouraging children to work hard at school and set goals for themselves would hardly appear to be an incendiary message....

    35. August 17, 2009

      The Red Flag

      A Lenin banner is removed after celebrations in Red Square in 1980 The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern...

    36. May 16, 2009

      Soldier for Stalin who stood firm in the face of history

      Few embodied the strength of Soviet communist ideals and practice like General Valentin Ivanovich Varennikov, who died on...

    37. May 15, 2009

      Soldier for Stalin who stood firm in the face of history

      Few embodied the strength of Soviet communist ideals and practice like General Valentin Ivanovich Varennikov, who died on...

    38. March 7, 2009

      'Rushbo' rules the waves

      In his self-styled "address to the nation" last Saturday, Rush Limbaugh told the enraptured Washington audience of...

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