Smetanik: A tribute to sour cream

Smetanik: A tribute to sour cream

September 21, 2014 Anna Kharzeeva, specially for RIR

This unique cake has Russia's favorite condiment both in the dough and in the cream

Back from the Russian woods

Back from the Russian woods

September 21, 2014 Vinay Shukla

Sanctions or no sanctions the life in Russia goes on. From the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Russia have been living most of the time either under the conditions of war or sanctions

A look at the Imperial Porcelain Factory

A look at the Imperial Porcelain Factory

September 20, 2014 Nina Freiman, specially for RIR

The creations of the factory's masters are exhibited in the world’s best museums, sold at high-profile auctions, and set on the tables of international summits

Student life: A great gateway to Russian society

Student life: A great gateway to Russian society

September 19, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Young professionals looking to work in Russia should try taking a year off and living in the country as a student. This is one of the best ways to learn the language and begin a discovery of the ‘Russian Soul’

First steps taken to control Russian Arctic zone

First steps taken to control Russian Arctic zone

September 19, 2014 Viktor Litovkin, specially for RIR

Russia established a military base in the Arctic to deal with growing threats to its national security. Moscow has also looking to protect its economic interests in the region

Politics

Fast-food packaging under the scanner in anti-obesity campaign

August 19, 2014 Anastasia Vityazeva, specially for RIR

Inspired by the success of similar anti-smoking campaigns in forcing manufacturers to display warnings on packaging, Russian MPs are now targeting large fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King

Hiding second citizenship becomes criminal offence in Russia

August 10, 2014 Anastasia Vityazeva, specially for RIR

A new law demands that people with passports of two or more countries inform the migration service on their own. The government believes that a second citizenship could be a threat to patriotism

Special projects
Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Business Beat

Business Beat

Economics
Pressing need to modernise Russian industries

Pressing need to modernise Russian industries

September 18, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), and one of the authors of Russia's market reforms in the 1990s talks to RIR about the challenges the economy faces in the wake of sanctions

Indian food exporters need to make a beeline for Russia

September 17, 2014 Alexandra Katz, specially for RIR

Food industry experts see certain opportunities for Indian companies in Russia, however, as the time factor is crucial, Indian exporters should take a more proactive approach in reaching out to new Russian partners

Opinion
Fyodor Lukyanov, specially for RIR

The road ahead for Eastern Ukraine

September 11, 2014

Working out the details of the ceasefire and negotiating a future status for the region that is acceptable to all parties will be a challenging task requiring compromise from all sides

Society

State program aims to clean up Lake Baikal

September 17, 2014 Gleb Fedorov, RIR

The Russian Government is taking measures to preserve the world's deepest lake, which is increasingly under strain from uncontrolled tourism and the illegal dumping of liquid waste

Traffic jams remain bane of Moscow

September 17, 2014 Anastasia Maltseva, specially for RIR

Regular upgrades to the Russian capital’s public transport network seem to have little effect on the burgeoning traffic jams

Translation: A labour of love or a science?

September 16, 2014 Georgy Manaev, RIR

The Third International Congress of Translators took place on September 4-7 in the State Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow. This year there were more than 250 participants from 55 countries, as well as notable linguists, journalists, and academics from all over the world

Culture
The mystery of the Tsar Cannon

The mystery of the Tsar Cannon

The enormous cannon standing in the grounds of the Kremlin is a masterpiece of medieval gun casting. But according to legend, the cannon has never actually been fired – or has it?

Travel
Where not to go in Russia

Where not to go in Russia

September 17, 2014 Darya Kezina, specially for RIR

As is the case with any country, there are places in Russia, where a visit might become hazardous to your health and even life threatening. RIR compiles a list of the 6 most dangerous places in the country

Traditional culture of the White Sea coast

September 9, 2014 William Brumfield, specially for RIR

The southern shore of the Kola Peninsula has several interesting architectural monuments as well as stunning natural scenes

Sport
Elena Vesnina relishes U.S. Open triumph

Elena Vesnina relishes U.S. Open triumph

September 15, 2014 Alexander Sedov, Gazeta.ru

The former partner of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza, who won the U.S. Open 2014 doubles with Ekaterina Makarova, talks about her path to the prestigious title

Spartak Moscow finally gets a home stadium

September 14, 2014 Alexandra Guzeva, RIR

For the first time in the iconic club’s nearly 100-year history, Spartak fans have a place to call their own. RIR's Alexandra Guzeva was at the ground to witness the event

Successful wrestlers take limelight away from judokas

September 12, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

While Russia's wrestlers are on an upward trajectory, boosted by a powerful start to the world championships in Uzbekistan, the judo team has struggled to meet expectations in international competition

Fresh attitude from police needed for a successful 2018 World Cup

September 5, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

The Russian police are being challenged to change the way they provide security at sports events following a series of recent outrages over indiscriminate treatment of soccer fans at stadiums around the country

Blogs

Using the Russia-China border agreement as a model

September 16, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

As Xi Jinping lands in India tomorrow, the vexed boundary dispute will figure in his talks with Narendra Modi. New Delhi needs to seriously study the way Vladimir Putin handled the Sino-Russian border question

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