The defenestration of millionaire Pavel Antov in Odisha is the latest in a series of mysterious deaths of Russian oligarchs, millionaires and members of Putin’s inner circle
The Soviet Union both inspired loyalty and provoked dismay among its 285 million citizens.
Some were despised dictators, others were world-famous guitarists Queen Elizabeth II made polite conversation with.
Gorbachev advocated collective Asian security involving cooperation between the Soviet Union, China, and India.
Gorbachev's very public devotion to his family broke the stuffy mold of previous Soviet leaders, just as his openness to political reform did.
Hundreds of mourners lined up to quietly file past Gorbachev's open casket as it was flanked by honour guards under the Russian flag in Moscow's historic Hall of Columns.
In a carefully phrased letter of condolence released Wednesday avoiding explicit praise or criticism, Putin described Gorbachev as a man who left “an enormous impact on the course of world history.”
Gorbachev was overtaken by events and characters within Moscow that created the basis for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel peace prize for negotiating a historic nuclear arms pact with the then United States President Ronald Reagan.
In his memoirs, Gorbachev describes himself as something of a maverick as he advanced through the party ranks, sometimes bursting out with criticism of the Soviet system and its leaders.
Though in power less than seven years, Gorbachev unleashed a breathtaking series of changes.
A lighthouse near Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashiri Island, one of the Kuril Chain, known as the Northern Territories in Japan. ( Photo | AP)
The crisis can help Pakistan take a hard look at its exploitative elite or allow the country to slide into irrevocable darkness
While China says it is not taking sides in the conflict, it has declared a “no limits” partnership with Moscow and has refused to condemn the invasion
Even after the Soviet Union fell, many former Communist countries continue to be ruled by admiring tyrants friendly to President Vladimir Putin’s Russia
Moscow will see a march and rally organised by the Communist Party - still the largest opposition party in parliament - to glorify the anniversary.
A century ago, on October 25, 1917, Lenin's Marxist Bolsheviks took control of Russia's imperial capital, launching the October Revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Union.