President George W Bush presents Robert Conquest with the presidential medal of freedom. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Among western historians of the Soviet Union, Robert Conquest, who has died aged 98, had a unique place. In 1989-1990 his account of the terror of the(...)

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