David Satter's account of Russia's criminal state is savagely bleak. Did the state really kill hundreds of its own people to justify the second Chechen war?
The camps were a microcosm of the Soviet Union, which may be why so few contemporary Russians want to think very much about them
Out of dereliction, St Petersburg is re-emerging as a great Russian city. The concrete of communism has peeled off to reveal a human logic in the streets, and the return of a belle époque atmosphere
Martin Amis's Koba is another exhibitionist work-yet endearing and instructive. A Harry Pottering among the ruins of 20th-century political illusions
Joseph Frank has completed his five-volume biography of the Russian genius
Moscow theatre is starting to vibrate as powerfully as the streets
After a decade of asset stripping and capital flight the Russians are finally investing in their own economy