As a kid in a dismal Soviet communal apartment, Vladimir Putin was a scrapper who dreamed of being an operator: diligently training in martial arts and boldly walking into a KGB office to inquire about how to become a spy.
Historian Anatoly Razumov's efforts to educate Russians on Joseph Stalin's purges meet with govt indifference
He has shone a light on the lives and deaths of tens of thousands of Joseph Stalin's victims, but Russian historian Anatoly Razumov says his work is greeted with "indifference" in a country that still struggles to acknowledge the enormity of the bloody purges.
Narendra Modi in Russia: PM strikes personal chord with Vladimir Putin, describes meeting as 'wonderful'
PM Narendra Modi met Vladimir Putin and struck a personal chord when he recalled how the Russian President's brother was among several family members who had laid down their lives for the country.