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The three horsemen?: Alexander II reviewing troops, 19th century © Bridgeman Images

Why is the West is so suspicious of Russia?

Pin-heads: postcard showing the Imperial government bowled over by the threat of revolution, Russian, 1905.

Short, angry missives pinged across the world – Russian propagandists used postcards to get their message across.

Don Cossacks in army uniform wait in line for borscht, 2006.

A staple of Russia and the Slavic world, borscht has inspired films and novels – and has even reached outer space.

Vadim Kozin.

Despite the difficulties in accessing official archival sources, the history of homophobic persecution in Russia is covered convincingly in this study.

The Russian Revolution should not be confined to 1917. The legacy of its leader and chief ideologue lives on in all its terrible contradictions.

Russian poster depicting the October Revolution, 1917.

A discerning account by a self-deprecating but well-informed journalist of the dramatic changes in Russia over the past 40 years.

Postcard celebrating the February Revolution and the overthrow of the Tsar, 1917.

On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, five books track its transition from idealism to tyranny.

Leo Steveni was a British officer based in St Petersburg at the time of the Russian Revolution. He became an active eyewitness to the chaos of the Civil War that followed.

Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik, sister of the French writer Elsa Triolet, at Yalta in 1926.

The October Revolution of 1917 inspired a generation of young Russians to embrace new ideals of socialist living.

Alexander Kerensky, the last Russian premier before the Bolsheviks took power, decided to continue the war with Germany. He and his country would pay the price.