Indian, Russian scientists met at Dubna forum

Indian, Russian scientists met at Dubna forum

July 31, 2014 Alexander Korablinov, RIR

The nuclear scientists discussed strengthening existing co-operation as well as exploring the possibility of stronger ties between scientific research centres of India and JINR

The six tastiest ice creams from the USSR

The six tastiest ice creams from the USSR

July 31, 2014 Faina Shatrova, Russkaya Semyorka

During the Soviet era, there were only a few types of ice cream available, and their names and prices were familiar to all

Uralkali to raise prices

Uralkali to raise prices

July 31, 2014 Olga Mordyushenko, Kommersant

Although demand from India has fallen on account of a weak monsoon, growing demand from Brazil and China is buoying the Russian fertiliser giant to demand a higher price for potash

Western sanctions don't scare Russians

Western sanctions don't scare Russians

July 30, 2014 Kira Egorova, RIR

A new survey shows that the number of Russians concerned about economic restrictions imposed by the West is steadily decreasing

Russian art takes on consumerism

Russian art takes on consumerism

July 30, 2014 Yulia Vinogradova, specially for RIR

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

Plus-sized models in the Russian fashion industry

Plus-sized models in the Russian fashion industry

July 30, 2014 Marina Starodubtseva, specially for RIR

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

Politics
Leader’s resignation throws future of popular ‘liberal’ party into doubt

Leader’s resignation throws future of popular ‘liberal’ party into doubt

July 28, 2014 Anastasia Maltseva, specially for RIR

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

Profanity banned on TV, movies and literature

July 2, 2014 Nikolay Litovkin, RIR

A law banning the use of swearwords in television, movies, literature, media reporting, concerts, and theatrical productions came into force on July 1. Violators will have to pay hefty fines

Special projects
Top Russian Startups

Top Russian Startups

Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Economics
Russian Post and eBay to improve online shopping

Russian Post and eBay to improve online shopping

July 28, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

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

Giant holes in Siberia caused great excitement among scientists

July 27, 2014 Igor Rozin, RIR

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

Opinion
Eduard Ponarin, RBC Daily

How America became Russia's bogeyman

July 9, 2014

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?

Society
New trends in Russian family life

New trends in Russian family life

July 28, 2014 Anastasia Maltseva, specially for RIR

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

Russians fear a nuclear war

July 14, 2014 Sergey Goryashko, Kommersant

According to a recently conducted poll, Russian citizens feel that the US, Pakistan and North Korea pose the greatest threat when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons

Culture
Russia to bring iconic Mughal miniatures to India

Russia to bring iconic Mughal miniatures to India

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

David Duchovny wins the Russian Internet

David Duchovny wins the Russian Internet

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

Travel
5 Russian lakes to search for monsters

5 Russian lakes to search for monsters

July 28, 2014 Nikolay Gavrilov, specially for RIR

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

A weekend in Veliky Novgorod

July 27, 2014 Lucia Bellinello, RIR

Nestled on the banks of the Volkhov River, a few miles from St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod guards ancient Russian treasures amongst the walls of its churches and kremlin

Grozny: the city revived from the ashes

July 24, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

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: favourite residence of Russian Emperors

July 22, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

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

Sport
Russian motorbike sports seek fans and investment

Russian motorbike sports seek fans and investment

July 29, 2014 Anna Boiko, specially for RIR

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?

From the Pacific to the Baltic - to cross Russia on bike in 24 days

July 25, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

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

Russia looks to remain a leader in chess

July 20, 2014 Svetlana Korneva, specially for RIR

On the occasion of International Chess Day, RIR looks at the efforts being made by chess players and officials to boost interest in a game, where Russian has preserved its dominance

Blogs
Waking up the green giants

Waking up the green giants

July 25, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Flush with cash, the BRICS have stepped up their investment in green technologies, even as Europe and North America remain financially and politically paralysed

Why INDRA matters to Russia and India

July 20, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

The INDRA series of exercises between Russia and India is vital for improving the military readiness of the defence forces of the two countries

Deciphering the Russian soul

July 19, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Great writers have written about it in detail, but it is not easy to pinpoint the main qualities that come with having a mystifying Russian soul

We’re all Malaysians

July 17, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

An immediate and impartial investigation into the shooting down of MH 17 is the need of the hour and those responsible for this cowardly act of murder need to severely punished

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