Scenes from Maidan
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 16:11

“IT BEGAN to snow... lightly at first, but then in large flakes. The wind started to howl; it was a snowstorm. In an instant the dark sky merged into an ocean of snow. Everything disappeared. “We’re done for now, sir,” shouted the coachman. “It’s a blizzard!”

Mikhail Bulgakov chose these lines from Pushkin’s story “The Captain’s Daughter” as an epig...

Russia's chief propagandist
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 12:36

DURING a recent live broadcast from Kiev on Russian state television, a protester pushed his way onto camera.  As the Russian reporter, standing in the middle of Independence Square, the stage of the latest protest in Kiev, tried to describe the scene, the protester handed him a little statue, resembling an Oscar. “Pass this Oscar to the R...

Spain face Dutch in repeat of final
Friday, 06 December 2013 19:03

Spain will open their defence of the World Cup next year with a repeat of the 2010 final with Netherlands.

Vicente del Bosque's side will also face South American opponents Chile and Australia, who progressed from the Asia qualification competition, in Group B.

Asked if Spain were in the toughest group, Del...

Deadly storm lashes northern Europe
Friday, 06 December 2013 18:15

Anna Holligan reports from the Hook of Holland ferry port

Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges have killed at least seven people in northern Europe, flooded parts of Hamburg and left...

Russia investigates crash jet pilot
Friday, 06 December 2013 17:56
Russia investigates crash jet pilotNobody survived the crash at Kazan airport last month

Investigators in Russia are examining whether the pilot of a passenger jet which crashed near Kazan with 50 deaths had a valid pilot's licence.

The Boeing 737's captain may have only been qualified to serve as a navigator, the...

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