Josef Stalin

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The great vindictiveness of the virus is that it robs us of the rituals of grieving: no wakes, no big funeral Masses or secular celebrations. Photograph: iStock

My grandfather died of an infectious disease, tuberculosis, in 1932 when he was in his early 30s. My mother’s little sister Frances died in 1939 when (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during the Easter service in Moscow last April. File photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo

Russian president Vladimir Putin has submitted a range of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution that include a mention of God and describe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on Thursday to prepare amendments to the Russian constitution. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/EPA

As State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin gathered senior members of parliament together to discuss Vladimir Putin’s newly-announced plans to amend the(...)

 Dermot Bannon with Tipperary clients  Mary Hayes and Joe Kenny. Photograph:  RTÉ

“Make America Great Again!” “Take Back Control!” “Let’s open up this space a little and maybe get a granite worktop and expose the wooden floor and ge(...)

Billionaire industrialist David Koch has died at the age of 79.

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world’s richest people became a major fina(...)

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, US president Donald Trump and Melania Trump during  commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, England. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Wednesday, paying person(...)

Riot police confront activists protesting against a plan to build an Orthodox cathedral in a park in the Russian Urals city of Yekaterinburg. Photograph: Alexei Vladykin/AFP/Getty

Police in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg were bracing for fresh protests on Thursday as activists prepared to rally for a fourth night against plan(...)

Locals pray next to the line of wooden crosses marking the Soviet-era mass grave site in Kuropaty, close to the Belarus capital of Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

A court in Belarus jailed a prominent opposition leader on Tuesday for organising a protest against the demolition of a memorial to victims of Josef S(...)

Russians, celebrating here after their win over Egypt, have been swept up in the carnival atmosphere of this World Cup. 
 Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

It’s Friday lunchtime and there’s a problem with my railway ticket. The passport number on the ticket doesn’t correspond with the actual passport numb(...)

Tourism has been vital to Sochi for more than 100 years. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

It’s been a good week in Sochi, the Black Sea resort put on the map by Joseph Stalin and revitalised by Vladimir Putin. The Irish Times made the rooki(...)

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