Book review – Russian history

The long arm of the Russian super mafia

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Mark Galeotti’s study of Russian organised crime, the product of three decades of academic research and consultancy work, is more…

After the abdication of the Tsar, imperial soldiers join the revolution in 1917

China Miéville’s take on the Russian Revolution is wonderfully dated

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Of the many books published this year to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution, this is perhaps the most…

Lenin centre stage — as the great self-promoter

How Lenin manipulated the Russian Revolution to his own ends

25 March 2017 9:00 am

With the old order rotten to the core, Russia was more than ripe for revolution in 1917.  But Lenin thought the revolution was all about him, says Roland Elliott Brown

Holding court: Rasputin takes centre stage, with Captain von Lohman of the Ismailovsky Regiment (left) and Colonel Prince Putyatin, Chamberlain of the Imperial Palaces

Rasputin still refuses to die

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When he first came to public notice, Rasputin was described in a Russian newspaper as ‘a symbol. He is not…

A demonstration in Petrograd is broken up in July 1917

Champagne and revolution in Petrograd, 1917

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Helen Rappaport’s new book makes no claim to be a complete account of the Russian revolution. Instead it presents a…

‘The Road to Siberia’ by Sergei Dmitrievich Miloradovich

Siberia: always a byword for despotism

23 July 2016 8:00 am

Owen Matthews on the horrific early history of the largest open-air prison in the world

Admiral Kolchak, supreme ruler of the Whites: when shown his likeness, some peasants guessed that he was ‘probably an Englishman’

When the Russians killed Mother Russia

5 March 2016 9:00 am

On the 24–25 October 1917 (according to the Julian Calendar, or 7–8 November according to the Gregorian) the political disputes which…

The ruthless Romanovs’ horrible history

30 January 2016 9:00 am

It’s hard to tell at times who came off worst in Romanov Russia — the tsar or his subjects, says Adam Zamoyski

All might have been well had Nicholas II only listened to a tiny cosmopolitan elite

30 May 2015 9:00 am

The veteran Russian historian Dominic Lieven’s new study of Russia’s descent towards the first world war is deeply researched, highly…

The gripping story of the failed NKVD officer who fooled the FBI and the CIA

21 February 2015 9:00 am

This is not quite another story about a man who never was. But it is about a man who certainly…

The threat from Russia’s spies has only increased since the fall of Communism

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘No, we must go our own way,’ said Lenin.  The whole world knows him as Vladimir, while he was in…