21 October 1991 Stalin had a standard procedure for the "disobedient ones" and for the overambitious leaders from the parts of the world he considered his own. Since then, the circumstances have changed completely, but Mikhail Gorbachev has kept some of the Russian idiosyncrasies, if only through his own particular brand of humour. No one, […]

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