Omar Sharif performing in the film Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) in 1958. Photograph: Alyoum Alsaba/EPA

Omar Sharif, who has died at the age of 83, will be best remembered for a film sequence in which, for much of its duration, he is barely visible on sc(...)

Ludmila Snigireva, head teacher of Paper Crane, with Olga Butskaya, organiser of ‘Today Children, Tomorrow a Nation’, while preparing the Russian-language library at Scoil Bhride in Shantalla, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

The exploits of a tall policeman named Uncle Steeple and other fables by one of the former Soviet Union’s great literary survivors line the shelves of(...)

Collecting autographs is one of the most popular children’s pastimes and can, sometimes, prove lucrative many years later. Whyte’s auction next Satu(...)

In October 1960 the visionary Russian witness and writer Vasily Grossman submitted the manuscript of what would become his monumental work, Life and F(...)