Soviet Union

Art House: ice hockey star Kharlamov is the stuff of 'Legend'

Danila Kozlovsky (far right) as Valeri Kharlamov.

Valeri Kharlamov was a Soviet-era ice hockey star widely considered to be one of the game's greats.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 8:46am

Former USSR internet domain a haven for cyber-criminals

Illustration: Henry Wong

Security experts say the .su internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has become a haven for hackers who have flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam and steal money.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

Book review: Brief Loves That Live Forever, by Andrei Makine

Book review: Brief Loves That Live Forever, by Andrei Makine

Siberian-born Andrei Makine's latest novel lives in the memory long after the last page is turned.

12 May 2013 - 2:07pm

Chinese nationalism flares up ahead of Xi's visit to Russia

Xi Jinping (right) held an official meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing last year as vice-president. Xi will meet him again this week, but as president. Photo: EPA

Angry Chinese nationalist comments demanding the return of territories flooded the official microblogs of Russia's embassy to China on Tuesday, ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:18pm 1 comment

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

FBI watched Stalin's daughter after defection, new papers reveal

Lana Peters (born Svetlana Alliluyeva) faces the press on April 25, 1967, after she defected. Photo: AP

Newly declassified documents show that the FBI kept close tabs on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter after her high-profile defection to the US in 1967, gathering details from informants about how her arrival was affecting international relations.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Last statue of Lenin taken down in Ulan Bator

A crowd watches Lenin's statue being taken away. Photo AFP

Mongolia's capital has removed its last statue of Lenin, one of the final vestiges of the country's longtime alliance with the Soviet Union as it fosters closer links to the West and China.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Russia to end cold war disarmament programme with the US

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters

The Russian government said it would not renew a hugely successful 20-year partnership with the United States to safeguard and dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union when the programme expires next spring, a potentially grave setback in the fraying relationship between the former cold war enemies.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

Midwest state relishing its moment in the spotlight

During his visit next week to Iowa, Vice-President Xi Jinping will reconnect with acquaintances he met decades ago rather than touch on anything concerning Sino-US ties, but the brief stop is significant for both the Midwestern state and for Xi himself.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

We won't fall like USSR, Beijing vows

Beijing marked the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union's collapse by pledging that China would adhere to its stability-based growth model despite mounting challenges to the legitimacy of one-party rule.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Biden to meet leaders over economic policy

19 Aug 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