Weekend long reads

Read about Putin and Russian theatre, the Myanmar crisis, Jens Weidmann on the ECB, Skiing Mount Elbrus, Brian Cox on champagne and Mars, and much more

Nearly two decades into the age of Putin, the battle for the soul of the Moscow stage rages on

As violence against the Rohingya is uncovered and Aung San Suu Kyi falters, the country faces a pivotal moment

The hawkish Bundesbank president on how he would find common ground if he landed the top job in European finance

High in the Russian Caucasus, Simon Akam finds that with ski mountaineering, the risks and sublime rewards go hand in hand

The professor and broadcaster on the next space race, the problem with UK education and his passion for champagne 

‘How we think of ourselves as humans becomes broader and broader every generation’

Henry Mance on whether the age of online petitions and cat videos will really change our attitude to animal rights

Why are we so drawn to accounts of the interplay between life and literature?