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Why did Joseph Stalin have a habit of waking up in the middle of the night to go to a different bedroom? Did Vladimir Lenin really die of syphilis, or has information about his death been falsified? Who was Brezhnev's nurse and why did she have such tremendous influence on him?
Get inside the Kremlin walls and learn what the heads of USSR used to eat and drink, how they protected themselves from illnesses and what their main phobias were. Meet the doctors, chefs and close relatives of people who ruled the state and find out all the Kremlin's secrets.
Since 1974 Cyprus has been divided into two parts – Greek and Turkish. The bloody conflict that preceded it is still fresh in the memory of Cypriots. And it’s only now that the remains of those who went missing are being searched for and identified in an attempt to bring the relatives some closure
On October 4th, 1993, what had started as a row between then-President Boris Yeltsin and Russia's Parliament culminated in an all-out battle for Russia's destiny between legislators who had barricaded themselves inside Russia's 'White House' and the president's tanks and supporters.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest revolts in the history of the Russian Empire. The uprising took place in Semirechye, ‘the valley of 7 rivers’, in the south of the Empire’s territory in Central Asia. What started as a protest against Tsar Nikolas II’s policies quickly escalated into a fight between the native Kyrgyz population and the Russian and Cossack settlers. It was a conflict that turned ordinary men into murderers and heroes, revealing the worst, and some of the best, of human nature. Now, descendants of those who lived through it share their ancestors’ accounts of the uprising.
Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
World War II took millions of human lives, leaving many homes devastated with grief. Six million Soviet soldiers went missing in the war, seemingly lost to their loved ones forever. But now, groups of enthusiasts eager to find their unmarked graves search former battlefields for their remains.