Matthew Luxmoore
September 01, 2014

The past ten days have seen a shocking reversal of fortunes in Ukraine.


Last Tuesday it was the handshake seen round the world. In a tense moment in the surreal marble palace of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shook hands.

Ian Bateson September 01, 2014

Mark Adomanis
August 30, 2014

Allegations that paratroopers killed in action were secretly buried show the limits of Russia’s “covert” action in the Donbass.

Street artists from Tyumen have started the long-awaited Krapivin's Line project. The bus stops of one of the city's bus lines will be decorated with paintings inspired by the books of Vladislav Krapivin, famous Soviet and Russian children's sci-fi and fantasy writer.

RUSSIA! editors August 28, 2014


Two parades took place in Ukraine on Sunday. One in Kiev and one in Donetsk, and though only one can boast violating the Geneva convention, they both have their roots in the Soviet Union.

Ian Bateson August 27, 2014


Today, Vladimir Putin participated in the Customs Union meeting with Kazakhstan leader Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko. The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met the Customs Union members, too, and had a chance to hear Putin's speech.

RUSSIA! editors August 26, 2014


Military hospitals across the country are now home to these casualties of war, with the biggest facility in Kiev currently caring for around 160 wounded soldiers. Aleksander Shvetsov, a 29-year-old from the city of Zhytomyr near Kiev, is one of them.

Matthew Luxmoore August 26, 2014

This apartment building in the center of Yekaterinburg was chosen as one of the cites for "Stenograffiya" street art festival. Artist Alex Tot has painted what is officially the cutest little raccoon ever, in this part of the world at least.

RUSSIA! editors August 25, 2014

Mark Adomanis
August 25, 2014

Proponents of economic and political reform need to be honest about the positives and negatives of their policy preferences.

Arts & Culture

Among the people who created Moscow's modern architectural image, Dmitry Chechulin might be the most controversial figure. Some praise him as a talented artist who felt the spirit of the Stalinist period, others think that he was no more than a high-ranking civil servant.

RUSSIA! editors August 22, 2014

How is it to be an artist in today's Russia, in the absence of institutions, an art market and even public interest? What is the place and possibilities of artists in Russia's increasingly authoritarian society?

Aleksandra Ericsson and Katarina Lindqvist August 22, 2014

Mark Adomanis
August 21, 2014

Pro-democracy activists are projecting their views onto the Russian government, which takes a decidedly instrumental view of the subject.


Wednesday morning, Muscovites woke up to find that one of Stalin's skyscrapers has an Ukrainian flag on it. The star on top of the building was painted yellow and blue.

RUSSIA! editors August 20, 2014

Almost every adult person in Russia has seen her illustrations as a child. She used to work with the most popular children's authors. And yet there's no article in Russian Wikipedia on Margarita Mikhaelis - only a short bio on Chuvash.

RUSSIA! editors August 19, 2014

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