I was born and raised in the early 1960s in the sleepy delta town of Cuttack in Odisha (formerly Orissa) between a confluence of three rivers. Few people had heard of our city let alone the Mahanadi, Kuakhai or Kathojori rivers. I remember coming back from boarding school on theRead More →

Following Newcastle United’s sale to a Saudi-backed consortium, here’s a look at other clubs that have enjoyed a meteoric rise following wealthy owner takeovers: Archive image of Roman Abramovich. Reuters London: The sale of Newcastle United to a Saudi-backed consortium was finally completed on Thursday – a deal that couldRead More →

World War I saw empires collapse, and among these was the Russian empire of Tsar Nicholas II. When Nicholas declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary in July 1914, he was the absolute ruler of a kingdom of nearly 150 million people stretching from central Europe to the Pacific and theRead More →

At the time of the Russian Revolution, author and journalist Arthur Ransom Work in Moscow as a foreign correspondent for Manchester goalkeeper, where he developed ties with Lenin and Trotsky, even marrying Trotsky’s secretary. In 2009, a book accused him of to have been a double agent, spy for BritainRead More →

The Russian Revolution began on November 7, 1917, when the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace and seized power. They declared the foundation of the socialist Soviet republic, led by Vladimir Lenin. News of their victory spread like wildfire, inspiring liberation movements elsewhere, particularly in Africa. National resistance to British colonialRead More →

Wives of soldiers demand increased rations during a demonstration along Nevsky Prospekt after the observance of International Women’s Day, February 23, 1917. (Photo by K. Bulla. Courtesy of Central Archives of the State of Kino-Photo-Phono documents, St. Petersburg.) The centenary of the Russian revolution November 7, 2017 marks the 100thRead More →

The Bolsheviks had a battery of powerful leaders, but the most notable were Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – Lenin as he is better known – Joseph Stalin, and for a time Leon Trotsky. Three key Russian revolutionary leaders were Vladimir Lenin (right), Leon Trotsky (center) and Joseph Stalin (left), in thisRead More →

“The main operations began at 2 a.m.,” wrote Leon Trotsky in his History of the Russian Revolution. “Bolshevik groups occupied the railway stations, the lighting station, the military and food warehouses, the water systems, the Palace bridge, the telephone exchange, the state bank, the main printing works, the telegraph andRead More →

MOSCOW — Tuesday marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most important political events of the 20th century. Yet President Vladimir Putin’s government barely acknowledges this – apparently because anything to do with “revolution” hits too close to home. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin hadRead More →

‘Freedom in capitalist society still remains much the same as in the ancient Greek republics: freedom for slave owners. – Vladimir Lenin One hundred years ago, the 24 October 1917 (November in today’s calendar), the disgruntled peasants, working class and soldiers of Russia overthrew the centuries-old system of Tsarist rule.Read More →

“A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin’s words still resonate 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Belief in communism (socialism) was the lie first perpetrated by Karl Marx in the 19th century, culminating in the Bolshevik Revolution, from St Petersburg, Russia. KarlRead More →

Lenin is exceptionally present. His larger-than-life iron statue dominates the lobby of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), catching the eye of photo-taking Chinese tourists. They seem to be more pleased with the revolutionary figure than their compatriot and Russian President Vladimir Putin often is. But again, the wholeRead More →