A new work brings into striking contrast the personalities of Stalin himself and the other members of the Soviet elite in his time

  The city’s Museum of Communism is shabby and rather strange, but it should be

Anne Applebaum’s magisterial Iron Curtain tells the largely untold story of Eastern Europe’s suppression at the hands of the Soviets after the Second World War

Many a British art worthy maintains we all could have been Anthony Blunt. Rubbish: he deserved nothing less than exile in Russia

‘Step by step Soviet attitudes had regained the ground they seemed to have lost when the Soviet Union collapsed’

Update October 2015: Stalin admirer Seumas Milne has now been appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as head of strategy and communications for the Labour Party. Milne is now on leave from the Guardian. Corbyn’s people have stated that: “Seumas shares Jeremy’s world view almost to the letter … they sing from the same hymn sheet”.

‘When I finally reached Magadan, I hunted for days for a survivor. “I’m sorry, they are all dead, was the refrain. With male life-expectancy in Russia a mere 58, I should not have been surprised, but I was devastated’

Jung Chang and her husband Jon Halliday are leading authorities on Mao, while Simon Sebag Montefiore has published two major works on Stalin. With Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson, they discuss the two communist dictators who were responsible for up to 100 million deaths