This sailor was one of 118 men who died when the Kursk went down. Is his scribbled note out only way of finding out what happened? Special investigation by Christine Toomey
Cradle of Inhumanity
These little girls believe their fathers were good men. They may never know the truth. One pictures a nice home, the other rocks for comfort. What future is there for the children of Bosnian rape victims?
The irony curtain
Is this the result of reunification? Fifteen years after Germany promised the west would rebuild the east, the nation is more divided than ever
Speak no evil, see no shame
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Albanian women were kidnapped and systematically raped by Serb forces in Kosovo. Few have been willing to speak out. Now some are breaking their silence. But does anyone want to know? Investigation by Christine Toomey. Photographs: Harriet Logan
Spain’s Stolen Children
During General Franco’s reign, tens of thousands of children were taken from their families, handed over to fascist sympathisers and brainwashed. Now growing old, they are fighting to discover the truth about their past before it’s lost for ever. Photographs: Clemente Bernad
Lunacy has taken over the asylum
People tied to beds, cockroaches, neglect. These aren’t the bad old days of psychiatric care: It’s happening now, on an idyllic Greek island, a few hours from Gatwick. Christine Toomey reports. Photographs by Rip Hopkins
Where beast meets west
On the tourist beaches of Turkey, young women flirt and frolic — but go further inland, and a mere glance in the direction of a man can mean death. As Turkey edges towards membership of Europe and western equal rights, Christine Toomey reports on the violent clash of East and West, and the deadly social divide it is leaving in its wake. Photographs: Lynsey Addario
Vlad the Implausible
Another reign of terror? What the West needs to know about Russia’s new master Vladimir Putin.
Now who’s wearing the trousers
Research says companies run by women make more profit. All over Europe men are being axed from the boardroom. But is it talent or tokenism at work?
The final manoeuvre
Bobby Fischer was a genius, a recluse and a political outcast. Christine Toomey examines the controversial life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest chess players, whose la st move has sparked a vicious wrangle over his fortune
It’s been 10 years. The hunt for Bosnia’s brutal war criminals goes on – or does it? Charges of farce and incompetence are being levelled. Is the manhunt a sham, an international conspiracy to leave the fugitives at large? Report by Christine Toomey
The spy who loved me
Boris Pasternak adored the beauty who became his mistress and the muse for Doctor Zhivago. Yet now some believe she was a KGB informer under orders to destroy his career. Was Russia’s greatest post-war writer betrayed? Report Christine Toomey
For over 10 years, the children of Nazi war criminals have been talking to the families of Holocaust victims. Has this radical therapy done anything to ease the pain?
Shadows in the Sunshine
Spain is being forced to look again at the bitter schisms created by its civil war, as thousands of bodies are exhumed from the mass graves of republicans killed without trial. But will unearthing the past lead to reconciliation? Photographs: Clemente Bernad
Encouraged by Silvio Berlusconi, groups of far-right vigilantes are patrolling the streets of Italy, awakening fears of a return to fascism.
South of France crime wave
The French crisis over law and order has already cost the prime minister his political career. Now the far right threatens the president himself. Christine Toomey reports
When he was a boy Gottfried Wagner, great grandson of the composer, stumbled upon a terrible family secret: Adolf Hitler had an affair with his grandmother. Gottfried was appalled and Germany is outraged he is exposing the Wagner skeletons to the world.
Flood Sweat and Tears
A multi-billion-pound scheme has been launched to save Venice from drowning. But will it? And why are the Venetians so sceptical about it?
Under the Pope’s nose
Last month an elderly papal aide was the victim of a brutal killing. Those who knew Enrico Sini Luzi best are convinced he was not gay. But why has the Vatican remained silent? Christine Toomey reports
Too Close for Comfort
In Russian politics the men play hard. It can be a deadly game for an honest woman. Report by Christine Toomey
A girl in a gilded cage
Athina Onassis is the richest girl in the world, but her father has fought to give her a normal childhood. Now that is under threat. Report by Christine Toomey
Tender loving care homes
Regular massages. A friendly, nurturing environment. Communal meals… and academic success. Why are Germany’s children’s homes achieving so much more than our own? Photographs: Pepa Hristova and Simon Roberts
Barefaced cheek of Boris Mikhailov
His photographs of naked women in the Soviet Union were banned by the KGB, and he was persecuted for his ideals. But, as his secret body of work shows, this audacious artist could not be silenced.
Birds of a feather can’t flock together.