Soviet Union

Chernobyl: what is the history, impact and present risk?
Chernobyl, Ukraine, Nuclear
In Brief

Chernobyl: what is the history, impact and present risk?

UN atomic agency to investigate reports that Russian troops left with radiation exposure
1 Apr 2022
Vladimir Putin’s narrative of Russian victimhood examined
Prayer service dedicated to 1033rd anniversary of the Christianisation of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine at monument to St Volodymyr in Kyiv in July 2021
Expert’s view

Vladimir Putin’s narrative of Russian victimhood examined

Russian president has repeatedly pointed to his country’s history to justify Ukraine invasion
28 Mar 2022
What does Vladimir Putin want from Ukraine?
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Between the lines

What does Vladimir Putin want from Ukraine?

Moscow accused of dangling threat of war in Europe to extract guarantees over Nato expansion
25 Jan 2022
Why Kazakhstan protests sparked ‘colour revolution’ fears
Protestors take to the streets in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Getting to grips with . . .

Why Kazakhstan protests sparked ‘colour revolution’ fears

Russian-led military bloc to start withdrawing troops as detentions near 10,000
12 Jan 2022
The effort to extinguish Turkmenistan’s ‘Gateway to Hell’
The 70m-wide ‘Gateway to Hell’ in the Karakum desert
Why we’re talking about . . .

The effort to extinguish Turkmenistan’s ‘Gateway to Hell’

Natural gas crater in the Karakum desert has burned for five decades
10 Jan 2022
Ukraine seeks World Heritage status for abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant
A view of the abandoned zone around the Chernobyl plant
In Brief

Ukraine seeks World Heritage status for abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant

Area should be preserved as ‘unique destination of interest for the whole of mankind’, minister says
26 Apr 2021
Armenia-Azerbaijan war: what does peace deal mean?
Armenia Azerbaijan
In Depth

Armenia-Azerbaijan war: what does peace deal mean?

Armenians react furiously as territorial concessions handed to rival in deal organised by Russia
10 Nov 2020

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Declassified tapes give insight into workings of the Stasi
Erich Mielke Stasi
In Brief

Declassified tapes give insight into workings of the Stasi

Trove of classified recordings includes interrogations by communist secret police
16 Jul 2020
What is the INF treaty and why has Donald Trump pulled out?
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In Depth

What is the INF treaty and why has Donald Trump pulled out?

US leaving ‘watershed’ nuclear missile treaty
2 Aug 2019
How the Soviet Union fell
Gorbachev
In Depth

How the Soviet Union fell

And why Mikhail Gorbachev’s election was the final nail in the coffin
15 Mar 2019
How the Cold War began
The Hydrogen Bomb, pic: 1952, A picture of the thermo-nuclear device tested by the U,S, at the Elugelab test island in the Marshall Islands , The picture is taken from 50 miles distant and at
In Depth

How the Cold War began

The decades-long conflict spanned the globe and cost the lives of millions
14 Sep 2018
Russia ‘tries to declare Stalin historian insane’
Stalin has been revived by the Kremlin as a symbol of national pride
In Brief

Russia ‘tries to declare Stalin historian insane’

Historian who angered the Kremlin by exposing Soviet leader’s crimes begins enforced psychiatric testing
10 Jan 2018
‘The man who saved the world’ dies in Russia aged 77
Stanislav Petrov
In Brief

‘The man who saved the world’ dies in Russia aged 77

Former Soviet colonel averted certain cold war nuclear disaster thanks to ‘gut instinct’ in 1983
19 Sep 2017
Berezovsky 'hanged', but few Russians mourn 'cunning' exile
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 31:Boris Berezovsky addresses the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice after losing his lawsuit against Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich on August 31, 20
In Depth

Berezovsky 'hanged', but few Russians mourn 'cunning' exile

Post-mortem suggests 67-year-old took his own life but friends insist he would not have committed suicide
26 Mar 2013
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