Behind the mask.
National Galleries of Scotland
An old Scottish master has revealed its secret after 430 years. What next from art detectives?
The 1976 memorial at the Babi Yar massacre site only recognised Soviet victims, despite the killing of more than 30,000 Jewish people. In 1991 a Jewish memorial was installed nearby.
On September 29 1941, Nazis murdered more than 30,000 Jews in a ravine outside Kiev. Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, is a damning critique of the Soviet Union's lack of recognition of the massacre, and a condemnation of Stalinism.
Over a period of 30 years, millions of criminals and political prisoners were sent to Soviet labor camps.
The recently translated letters of Latvian poet and journalist Arsenii Formakov depict everyday life – and suffering – in the Gulag.
In Soviet Russia, the science tests you.
When politics meddles with science, it can lead to tragedy, as was the case with Stalin's favourite agricultural biologist Trofim Lysenko and his rival Nikolai Vavilov.
In the West, the public perception of Stalin and the Terror lingers from the period immediately after his death in 1953. It shouldn't.
How Stalin and his successors maintained an iron grip on power.
Did Mao pass the poo test?
Poo-analysis tests conducted by the Soviet leader may not have been as crazy as they sound.
Will Russian science return to the bad old days of Stalin?
Some Russians are looking back admiringly to a tyrannical scientist from Stalinist times – and using the new field of epigenetics to bolster their case.
What doll would you choose?
Brandt Luke Zorn
This week we have witnessed a plunge in the price of oil and the astonishing demise of the ruble. These events provide the basis for a great series of conspiracy theories, the type that readily find an…