For many outside of Ukraine Mariupol is just another conflict blip on the map, one of the many as the separatists make a new military push for prestige and territory. But before the media attention on Mariupol fades again it is worth trying to understand what Mariupol is and what it means to be a frontier city in Ukraine.
Ian Bateson January 29, 2015
Norilsk is not one of the places you'd enjoy visiting. The pollution is high, the weather is tough, and the locals aren't the happiest people in Russia.
RUSSIA! editors January 28, 2015
Russia’s foreign-currency credit rating was downgraded to ‘junk’ by Standard and Poor’s, which sent the ruble into a tailspin as it faces its most volatile swings since 1998.
Louise Dickson January 27, 2015
Ivanovo is easily accessible from Moscow by train or car. It is often referred to as "the city of brides" because of its textile factories with their mostly female employees. But there's more than that.
RUSSIA! editors January 27, 2015
2015 is shaping up to be a perfect storm on the demographic front.
This week both Kiev and Grozny had their own #JeSuisCharlie related protests. Are they taking advantage of the tragedy or is there real resonance?
Ian Bateson January 23, 2015
The next U.S. president will have to deal with Russia a lot. In this video Hillary Clinton, who is likely to become a Democratic candidate in 2016, is demonstrating her ability to talk to Vladimir Putin (as well as some impersonating skills.)
RUSSIA! editors January 22, 2015
After the dramatic fall of the rouble, European ski resorts became too pricey for many of the Russian winter sports enthusiasts. Luckily, they have their own resorts in the mountains of North Caucusus. Dombai, located in Karachayevo-Cherkessiya, is now their first choice.
RUSSIA! editors January 22, 2015
For the first time since 2007 a Russian film has an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Movie – and with all the buzz around ‘Leviathan’ the country could be celebrating its first statue since 1994.
Andy Potts January 21, 2015
We've seen many kitsch souvenirs from Putin's Russia, but this novelty is beyond the borders of tastelessness. It's an action figure of the semi-naked Russian president riding a (relatively small) brown bear.
RUSSIA! editors January 20, 2015
Hardly anyone expects much to come of negotiations between the Syrian opposition and regime, scheduled to be held in Moscow at the end of January. Though the talks will likely fail to produce an immediate outcome, they do point to an important change on the diplomatic front of the Syrian conflict.
Isaac Webb and Ala' Alrababah' January 19, 2015
The industrialization of the USSR comes under the lens of the Lumiere Brothers Gallery this month – and the display offers an intriguing snapshot of the changing perceptions of different epochs.
Andy Potts January 19, 2015
Ukraine’s new reformist government is learning a nasty lesson in how the world really works.
We love Tumblr blogs dedicated to weird and complicated subjects. Unfortunately, Tumblr is not popular in Russia, but we have Vkontakte public pages. The one we want to show you today is named "30 minutes 0% loans for the citizens of the Russian Federation, no income verification or sponsorship needed".
RUSSIA! editors January 14, 2015