Vladimir Putin presided over a much-thawed Russia, but his strong-arm tactics hearkened back to the days of Stalin.


Edward Lucas is much... read more


Recently released documents from the Soviet archives reveal a wealth of buried atrocities.


Joseph Stalin never had any problem finding... read more


A book of declassified documents reveals Stalin and his successors as trigger-happy liars who never saw a fact they couldn't twist.


Joseph... read more


A telling new account of Stalin's childhood depicts a streetwise thug raised in conflict.


On June 26, 1907, a stagecoach convoy guarded by... read more


He wanted to be a priest. That didn't last long.


On June 26, 1907, a stagecoach convoy guarded by Cossacks and carrying the equivalent of... read more


By mid-October 1941, most of Moscow’s residents were convinced that their city was about to be overrun by the Germans. The NKVD, as the Soviet secret police was then called,... read more



Plenty of central European writers have been obsessed with the theme of human memory. The poems of the late Polish Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, the prose of... read more

Incensed by leaks about how their current rulers had lied about the economy, Hungarian protesters took to the streets of Budapest last month, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ferenc... read more


They are, quite simply, the twins--and identical ones, at that--who now rule Poland. Elected president last fall, Lech Kaczynski swore in his brother Jaroslaw as prime minister last week... read more

For Westerners who remember the Poland of 1989, when Solidarity triumphed and not only toppled the communist government in Warsaw but set off a chain reaction throughout the region, today's Poland... read more