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Russian film set in Soviet era highlights continuing tensions: director

BERLIN: Russia always seems to be on the brink of war and conditions there now are much like they were in the 1970s, when people worried that an international conflict would break out and largely sided with the government, the director of a new movie set in that era has said. Current relations between Russia and the West are often compared with those of the Cold War due to clashes between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S.…

One of first Soviet cosmonauts Gorbatko dies

MOSCOW: Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko, a colleague of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, died on Wednesday at the age of 82, Russia's space agency said. Gorbatko was among the eight young pilots chosen in 1960 from 3,000 candidates in the Soviet manned flight programme to train for the country's first space mission. Born in southern Russia, Gorbatko was 26 when he joined the first team of cosmonauts recruited under a veil of total secrecy. "I was called in by my commander who immediately ordered me to sign a…