Vladimir Putin is likely to try to shift powers from the presidency to the premiership next year. But Russian history suggests that such power-sharing is difficult
It's in the interests of both the west and Russia to seek a grand bargain on the issues that divide them
Orlando Figes's magisterial work tells the story of Stalin's Russia through the lives of its victims. It finds that misplaced idealism, as much as blind fear, was what made them obey Stalin
The Russian film Day Watch is daft and even boring at times. But it is a stylistic revelation— and the best mainstream entertainment cinema around
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