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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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 –...

  11. 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....

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. June 14, 2010

    Kyrgyz dilemma

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

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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....

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. March 6, 2009

    Man in the News: Rush Limbaugh

    In his self-styled “address to the nation” a week ago, Rush Limbaugh told the enraptured Washington audience of...

  35. October 11, 2008

    Caricaturist who illustrated Stalin's savage whims

    Boris Yefimov survived 108 years because Joseph Stalin thought him useful. The logic of the Stalin years meant that he...

  36. October 10, 2008

    Caricaturist who illustrated Stalin’s whims

    Boris Yefimov survived 108 years because Joseph Stalin thought him useful. The logic of the Stalin years meant that he...

  37. September 20, 2008

    Stalin would have done a better job in charge of Federal Reserve

    From Mr Michael Soon. Sir, It is my last day as a summer intern in the investment department of China Life Insurance...

  38. August 13, 2008

    Stalin looks on as Russian warplanes turn Gori to rubble

    The central square of Gori is dominated by a gigantic statue of Joseph Stalin, the Georgian town's favourite son....

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