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  1. July 11, 2014

    The dissolution of the Soviet Union

    This is a narrative with a backdrop as grand as you could wish for: the end of the Soviet Union, the triumph of America, the...

  2. July 10, 2014

    A cheerful Pope Francis reveals readiness to reform Vatican

    No sacrilege is intended in comparing today’s Roman Curia under Pope Francis with the Central Committee of the now-defunct...

  1. July 7, 2014

    Former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze dies

    In pictures: Eduard Shevardnadze Eduard Shevardnadze, who has died aged 86, lived at least three political lives. Communist...

  2. May 25, 2014

    Polish general who tried to crush Solidarity

    Wojciech Jaruzelski, the stiff-backed Polish general who crushed the Solidarity labour union by calling troops out into the...

  3. The A-List

    March 21, 2014

    Look to China for wisdom on dealing with Russia

    Niall Ferguson is half-right. There has been a geopolitical taper but not of the kind he meant. Instead, there has been a...

  4. beyondbrics

    November 29, 2013

    Moscow: Roerich museum loses its Master banker

    Museum Nicholas Roerich, Moscow Depositors who lost their savings when Russia’s Master Bank was closed down last week can at...

  5. August 11, 2013

    The US president is weaker than you think

    Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph Nye, Princeton RRP£19.95/RRP$27.95 Having failed to...

  6. June 21, 2013

    Obama is proving to be America’s Mikhail Gorbachev

    Barack Obama’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin got off to an awkward start and went downhill from there. Like the...

  7. February 20, 2013

    An epic told by the man at its centre

    In 1984, while flying at 43,000ft, both engines on American International Group’s corporate jet failed. The pilot “calmly...

  8. February 8, 2013

    Welcome signs of glasnost on fund costs

    Margaret Thatcher famously described Mikhail Gorbachev as “a man we can do business with”. I wonder if Gina Miller thinks of...

  9. November 4, 2012

    US choice - a gamble or the devil we know

    On Wednesday morning the US will probably awaken to wonder what the fuss was about. In all probability, Barack Obama will be...

  10. September 2, 2012

    Moonies founder dies at 92

    When shells rained down on Heungnam labour camp in North Korea in 1950, Jesus Christ appeared to deliver a warning to a...

  11. April 23, 2012

    What if the Gipper led the 2012 GOP?

    American conservatism has no greater icon than Ronald Reagan, invoked at every turn. There can be little doubt he would be...

  12. March 23, 2012

    US-China debate dominated by poor assumptions

    From Mr Bernabé Gutiérrez. Sir, Gideon Rachman’s article “A political crisis will not stop China” (March 20) is relevant. At...

  13. February 6, 2012

    The ice is cracking under Putin

    A banner at the protests in Moscow on Saturday carried a stark message: “Mubarak, Gaddafi, Putin”. Mingling with the crowds,...

  14. December 30, 2011

    In pursuit of peaceful Russia

    From Sir Rodric Braithwaite. Sir, Toivo Klaar (Letters, December 29) missed some nuances in my article “The myths of Russia...

  15. December 29, 2011

    The right and wrong signals to send Russia

    From Mr Toivo Klaar. Sir, Sir Rodric Braithwaite (“The myths of Russia old and new”, Comment, December 22) claims that...

  16. December 22, 2011

    Reality of life after communism

    A coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the secretary-general of the Communist party who attempted the gradual perestroika...

  17. FT Alphaville

    December 22, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, Rodric Braithwaite: The myths of Russia On Christmas Day 1991 we...

  18. December 21, 2011

    The myths of Russia

    On Christmas Day 1991 we were still wearing our funny hats and eating our mince pies when Mikhail Gorbachev came on...

  19. October 3, 2011

    Imagine what it looks like if you are sitting in the Kremlin

    From Mr David C. Speedie. Sir, Gideon Rachman (“The Old Russian bear is back”, September 27) writes: “According to the Putin...

  20. August 27, 2011

    Naive belief that capitalism would provide all the answers

    From Dame Margaret J. Anstee. Sir, An unrecorded casualty of the attempted coup against the Gorbachev government in 1991 was...

  21. August 19, 2011

    Contesting Democracy

    Before the first world war large numbers of Europeans had a fundamentally optimistic outlook on life. It seemed that they...

  22. August 19, 2011

    Last days of the USSR

    The coup began on a hot Sunday afternoon. Shortly before five o’clock on August 18 1991, five black Volga cars arrived at...

  23. beyondbrics

    August 19, 2011

    Russia's satellite: lost in space

    For the past week, Russian aerospace and defence companies, and the prime minister himself, have been trying to bring...

  24. August 19, 2011

    Audio slideshow: Russia’s failed 1991 coup

    The attempt to oust Mikhail Gorbachev may have failed, but it hastened the demise of communism and was the making of Boris...

  25. August 18, 2011

    Russia plans for a post-Soviet union

    Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the KGB-inspired coup that aimed to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist Soviet...

  26. August 18, 2011

    Former USSR: A democratic deficit

    Shortly after 6am on August 19 1991, Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania’s pro-independence leader, received a phone call. A...

  27. August 17, 2011

    Gorbachev calls for change of Russian leadership

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, has called for a change of Russia’s leadership and criticised the ruling...

  28. August 14, 2011

    Russia must forget its imperial aims

    Post Imperium: A Eurasion Story , by Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Endowment (RRP$19.95, e-book $16) An army officer in the...

  29. July 1, 2011

    Power dressing: Lucy Walker

    Lucy Walker is an Academy Award-nominated British-born film documentary director based in London, New York and LA. Her...

  30. June 20, 2011

    Medvedev and Russia’s challenge

    Dmitry Medvedev has set out, in an interview with this newspaper and a speech at the St Petersburg economic forum, a vision...

  31. May 20, 2011

    My perestroika generation

    Hessman’s film features childhood and more recent footage of five Russians: Lyuba Meyerson (top left); Olga Durikova (top...

  32. May 12, 2011

    Russia: Shades of difference

    At the president’s shoulder: Vladimir Putin inspects Olympics preparations near Sochi in February with Dmitry Medvedev, who...

  33. April 10, 2011

    Putin’s choice

    With presidential polls a year away, Russia is again in a state of pre-electoral tension. Paradoxically, Russia’s “managed”...

  34. March 31, 2011

    Gloom hits ‘Governor Moonbeam’

    In his overwhelming defeat of Meg Whitman last November, Jerry Brown spoke of needing “someone with an insider’s knowledge...

  35. March 29, 2011

    West rolls out red carpet for Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet president, will be feted in London on Wednesday at a concert marking his 80th birthday this...

  36. March 4, 2011

    The bulldog award

    Trying to fathom Kremlin politics, said Winston Churchill, is like watching a fight among bulldogs under a carpet – you hear...

  37. February 8, 2011

    A fifth head on Mount Rushmore?

    When I first came to America in the 1960s, two presidents were commemorated by national holidays in the month of February,...

  38. January 14, 2011

    The Dead Hand

    The Dead Hand: Reagan, Gorbachev and the Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race, by David E Hoffman, Icon Books, RRP£20, 576...

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