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The Parable of Tolstoy and the Jews

Posted on January 31, 2017

President Trump “forgot” to mention the Jews on Holocaust Memorial Day. If only Pyotr Tolstoy had done the same…

Scandalous? Yes. Surprising? Hardly

Posted on January 26, 2017

The recent announcement regarding the proposed handover to the Orthodox Church of St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg has sparked a considerable scandal.

The Jihadi bride

Posted on January 23, 2017

This sweet, delicate polyglot girl once went by the name of Varvara Karaulova. In May 2015 she left her parents and her philosophy course at Moscow State University to elope with her Islamic State boyfriend, but after just two weeks …

“Sharks of the quill”

Posted on January 20, 2017

If you are a Russian with a sense of history – that’s most of us – there are some words and phrases, which carry uncomfortable echoes of our troubled past…

“Senators, be brave!”

Posted on January 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th, and we thought it might perhaps be safer not to publish anything, but now we have somebody else to mock – don’t worry, the Kremlin will always be first in our hearts – we just couldn’t …

A fair hearing

Posted on January 11, 2017

Today, Rex Tillerson – President Putin’s choice for US Secretary of State – will be appearing in the Senate for his confirmation hearing.

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