Mikhail Gorbachev

How did Robert Maxwell fool most of the people most of the time?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Everyone’s heard of Ghislaine Maxwell,’ says the blurb for Power: The Maxwells, a podcast series launched last month. ‘But there’s…

Clean-up workers, known as ‘roof cats’, prepare to remove radioactive debris with shovels and handbarrows from the damaged reactor, October 1968

The Chernobyl catastrophe was a foregone conclusion

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In the early days of the atomic age, Soviet students debated whether it was nobler to become a physicist or…

The meeting of Thatcher and Gorbachev in 1984 initiated the process that brought freedom to millions in Eastern Europe

Margaret Thatcher’s most surprising virtue: imagination

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Margaret Thatcher’s second administration saw bitter divisions at home, but abroad the breakthrough in Anglo-Soviet relations really did change history, says Philip Hensher