Pik Botha played a central role in the intricate talks that eventually led to Namibia’s independence.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
To try and understand the Russian revolution outside of the broader social context of the time is to neglect the development of nationhood in the region.
The Russian Revolution – an event that affected more than Russia and was more than a revolution.
Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria, painted overnight on February 24 2014 by unknown activists in solidarity with anti-Russian protests in Ukraine.
The Soviet programme of building war memorials in Eastern Bloc countries was a bid to win the hearts and minds of future generations.
The Russian bear still stalks the world.
Vladimir Putin's Russia is as much an imperial power as its Soviet and Tsarist predecessors were.
A girl takes a close look at the world’s first artificial.
satellite, the Soviet-made Sputnik I.
Our fascination with space shows no signs of slowing down, 60 years after the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
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.
Who’s inside the hoodie?
The Russian cyberthreat goes back over three decades, extends into the country's educational systems and criminal worlds, and shows no signs of letting up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
A historian takes us beyond the noise in Washington and examines how US and Russian power and interests compare.
A rally protests against a new law that could force the Soros-founded Central European University out of Hungary.
The Central European University will challenge a law just passed by the Hungarian parliament that could force the closure of the school founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in New York, March 2, 2014.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
Americans are shocked Russia meddled in our election. But there are centuries of precedent – and, at times, it’s been the US meddling.
Lada Niva: still going strong.
The Lada Niva is 40 years old – and it could just be the best 4x4 ever made.
Lessons from the Soviet Union reveal how we can fret about climate change and celebrate Heathrow's expansion at the same time.
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
In the West, the public perception of Stalin and the Terror lingers from the period immediately after his death in 1953. It shouldn't.
Can the fall of the Soviet Union give us insight into the possible ramifications of the Brexit vote?
In the wake of Brexit, the UK film industry is set to lose funding, access to a huge distribution network, and possibly the European talent pool. For an example of the havoc this could cause, look no further than the former Soviet Union.
The 50th anniversary of Luna 9's first soft moon landing reminds us how difficult landing a spacecraft is.
Gently overthrowing an oppressive regime in 1989.
At the top of Wencelas Square on the front of the Czech National Museum in Prague hangs a giant poster depicting the playwright dissident and former president Vaclav Havel. The poster has been hung, in…
Urgent business: the UN Security Council discusses Gaza and the downing of flight MH17.
On Thursday July 17, 298 people lost their lives when Flight MH17 was downed in eastern Ukraine. Almost immediately accusations were made that the aircraft had been shot down by pro-Russian separatists…