Mark Adomanis
January 23, 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

Arts & Culture

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

Arts & Culture

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

Mark Adomanis
January 16, 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

Arts & Culture

After all the hype, and the rave reviews from the European festival circuit, ‘Leviathan’ has plenty to live up to. And, weighing in at a hefty 142 minutes, it’s a film that needs to make its impact big enough to justify the sprawling cinematic canvas that Andrei Zvyagintsev deploys. Yet it remains a more subtle, ambiguous work than many take it for.

Andy Potts January 13, 2015

Mark Galeotti
January 12, 2015

There is an increasingly apocalyptic tone to much punditry on Russia, especially from anti-Putin quarters. Militarization seems to be a central theme, from warnings of martial law crackdowns to predictions of regime change by armed coup. Personally, I see neither as at all likely.

Arts & Culture

Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii was one of Russia's pioneers in color photography. His works show the daily life in the early 20th century, and serve as a wonderful guide to that era's clothes, people, and buildings. Every one of his pictures is thoroughly scrutinized by enthusiasts.

RUSSIA! editors January 12, 2015

Yael Levine
January 08, 2015

In the past, a vaguely written law was applied narrowly to target specific political opponents. The new law on advertisement inverts the pattern: written to apply broadly, only the well-connected can escape its purview.

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