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Mick O’Hare The controversial history of prohibition in Soviet Russia

In 1913 five per cent of the Russian population was alcoholic. Today, it's 15 per cent. Mindful of the ailing health of its citizens – and the economy – various governments over the past 100 years have sought to ban alcohol, with mixed results. Mick O’Hare explains 

13 best vodkas: Smooth spirits to sip neat or mix in a cocktail

From breakfast bloody marys to late night espresso martinis, vodka is at the heart of a wide range of cocktails – here are the best bottles to stock your bar with

6 best Russian vodkas

We've picked out the finest UK-available bottles, hailing from Moscow to Siberia

Five things you didn’t know about Eva Ekeblad

Today's Google Doodle raises a glass to the celebrated agronomist

The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world

From Harry Potter to high-tech glass domes, these universities have some serious libraries to their names

On the Menu: Sweetbreads at One Leicester Street; hummus;

This week I've been eating...sweetbreads at One Leicester Street

How GCHQ kept tabs on Soviet vodka supplies

The lives of ordinary people under Stalin are revealed as Britain's spying secrets are finally made public

Gin: In a glass of its own

Forget ice and a slice – the new super-premium gins are much too interesting to be drowned in tonic. David Gerrie reports on a new spirit of adventure