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Soviet Union

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Biden to meet leaders over economic policy

Friday, 19 August, 2011, 12:00am


Purge by Sofi Oksanen Atlantic, HK$108

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Despicable Me (film)

A typical 'kiddie' film, Despicable Me describes the transformation of self-proclaimed super-villain, Gru, from evil bad guy to perfect dad.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Emerson String Quartet

Violist Lawerence Dutton, violinist Philip Setzer, cellist David Finckel and violinist Eugene Drucker play works by Mozart, Dvor?k and Shostakovich. Jun 4, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Stalin's Children

Stalin's Children by Owen Matthews Bloomsbury HK$128

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The Whisperers

The Whisperers

by Orlando Figes

Penguin, HK$187

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

by Matthew Brzezinski

Times Books, HK$297

A desire for knowledge and exploration was the driving force behind the 20th century's space race, right? Not really, according to Matthew Brzezinski's meticulously researched and clearly written history of Sputnik, the world's first satellite.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Web users have soft spot for Soviet suffix

Russian internet users are feuding with an international body over a relic of the past - the .su domain name assigned to the country just before the Soviet Union collapsed.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Who is Dmitri Shostakovich?

Shostakovich (1906 - 1975) had his first music lessons with his mother at age 10. He entered the Leningrad Conservatory at 13.

He had a complex relationship with the Soviet government. He suffered two official denunciations of his music in 1936 and 1948 and the periodic banning of his work. The composer responded to the denunciations through his music.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Relics of a revolution

Moscow is the Kremlin and Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Bolshoi Ballet. Yes, don't miss them. But for anyone with a penchant for the weird, the wonderful and the woeful, or a fascination with the unique mixture of appalling abuses and extraordinary achievements that was the Soviet Union, Moscow has many other treasures.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am