Former Moscow correspondent for the BBC Angus Roxburgh discusses the recent challenges to Vladimir Putin’s rule of Russia. Ed Sanders revisits the Peace Eye Bookstore and other fixtures of the Lower East Side counterculture. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Object is about a silver Roman cup decorated with two male lovers. Jackie Collins tells us about her latest novel. And a U.S. Army Captain tells us about his platoons’ dramatic stand against an ambush in Afghanistan.