He seized Russian oil, governed a distant province and bought Chelsea FC. And he remains a friend of the Kremlin. How?
Khordokovsky's arrest shows that power in Russia now resides squarely with the men with uniforms.
The second Chechen war grinds on - but the Chechens are supporting neither side
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