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By John Helmer, Moscow Ignore the plot entirely, but try this Stalin point from a novel called Archangel. The story by Robert Harris, written in 1998, is about a semi-alcoholic professor of Russian history – Englishman, with a New York address — who is hot on the trail of Stalin’s personal notebooks, which he thinks […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow In the Russian system, oligarchs can pretend to be patriots, but noone believes it. Nor does anyone, least of all outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev, believe them to be committed to competitive business. But if you sit in the Kremlin, trying to run the power vertical over the wall to the rest […]