Daily Archives: June 22, 2012

Neil Buckley

In Russia, the music of Viktor Tsoi, a rock star who died young in 1990, is being played again. That is not just testament to how good it was, writes the FT’s Neil Buckley. With Russians once again protesting on the streets demanding greater democracy, the Tsoi resurgence highlights that history is, in part, repeating itself. 

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On Tuesday night, Egyptian state media reported that  Hosni Mubarak was “clinically dead”. It transpires that the man sometimes referred to as “La Vache qui rit” or the “Laughing Cow”, due to some resemblance to the face of the cheese brand, is now on life support.

With the military jostling the Muslim Brotherhood for political control, we thought we’d give you the best reads on the legacy the former president left for his country when he stepped down. 

We had plenty to chat about today on the world desk, with these articles:

Gideon Rachman

How unfortunate that President Hollande’s first few weeks in the job should be marred by an unseemly row between his ex-wife, Ségolène Royal, and his new partner, Valérie Trierweiler, writes Gideon Rachman.