Contemporary Russian art is reassessing the value system of Western society and brands that dominate it. Artists are taking an ironic look at how mass culture appropriates ideological, historical, and religious symbols and how true values are being replaced with new, capitalist ones. RIR has selected several interesting projects in which Russian artists ponder contemporary reality
Aspiring models in Russia are strictly judged on their figures, and those of heavier build are typically obligated to discard their dreams of the catwalk. Marina Starodubtseva spoke to a woman who has made a successful career out of plus-size modeling in Russia
The Civic Platform, seen by some as one of Russia's key opposition parties, has lost its leader for the second time in several months. Irina Prokhorova has announced that she is to leave her post due to a failure to agree with the party's position on Crimea
Alarm bells are ringing after word spread about new rules adopted by the Russian parliament regarding the collection and storage of personal data in the country. The law will come into effect only in September 2016
Following an agreement with the U.S. internet store eBay, Russian Post is to slash delivery times for parcels posted from China to Russia, with plans to expand its ePacket initiative to deliveries from other countries
The strange holes in the earth found in the northern tundra on Russian territory in July could mean the beginning of irreversible changes in the climate of our planet. According to Russian scientists, the most likely reason for the formation of such holes is the emission of natural gas, which may be caused by global warming
In the early 1990s, the US was seen as a model of capitalist success and an example to strive for. Now, anti-American sentiment in the country has never been higher. What has caused such a tectonic shift?
Most Russians assert that they strive towards a healthy, close-knit family and marriage for life. However, sociologists point to research indicating that in reality, Russia's citizenry behaves otherwise, engaging in infidelity, divorce, and homosexuality
Tigran Mkrtychev, deputy director (research) at the State Museum of Oriental Art, is brimming with excitement about the grandeur of Indian art works. In this interview to RIR, Mkrtychev speaks about plans to stage an exhibition of miniatures from the Great Mughal period in India, Nicholas and Svyatoslav Roerichs’ paintings and the potential joint publication of Russian-Indian scholarly works on art
An advertisement featuring American actor David Duchovny talking about his love for Russia was uploaded to YouTube. The ad has already attracted more than two million views and provoked heated debate in comments sections and on social networks. RIR analyzes the symbolism woven into the ad and have had such a strong reaction to it
Deep-water dives in the icy, Siberian depths of Yakutia’s Lake Labynkyr have sparked “Loch Ness Fever” in every watery corner of Russia. RIR looks at expeditions and legends that surround some of Russia’s strangest waters
Today, Grozny is perhaps the most famous city in the Northern Caucasus. Unfortunately, its fame is largely connected to the sad events of the last decade of the past century. At that time, the city became the epicenter of fierce fighting. But those events are now in the past, so put aside all stereotypes about Grozny
Gatchina, beautiful and enigmatic suburb of St. Petersburg, was the favorite residence of Emperors Paul I and Alexander III. It is also considered the birthplace of the Russian military air force, and it is here that the Maltese Order met
Motorbike sports in Russia are still experiencing difficulties, despite high-status competitions, shiny new racetracks and successful riders. What are the reasons for Russian motorcycle racing’s failure to live up to its potential?
Austrian cyclist Wolfgang Fasching is attempting to traverse the whole of Russia in just 24 days. Before he set off on his arduous 6,200-mile challenge, Fasching spoke to RIR about his motivation and preparations for the epic journey as well as his fascination with Russia