An easy way to make Russian gingerbread

An easy way to make Russian gingerbread

July 24, 2014 Anna Kharzeeva, specially for RIR

Typically the Russian gingerbread known as pryaniki take a week and specialized equipment to make, but this shortcut version is a good option for home cooks

Grozny: the city revived from the ashes

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

Putin sees no direct external threats to Russia

Putin sees no direct external threats to Russia

July 24, 2014 Pavel Koshkin, Russia Direct

Russia Direct discussed the implications of Putin’s address to the Russian Security Council with Fyodor Lukyanov, the Head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy

How war is depicted by great Russian writers

How war is depicted by great Russian writers

July 24, 2014 Mikhail Butov, specially for RIR

RIR looks at what five great Russian authors had to say about war. Every quote comes from a different period in the country's history and relates to different events, but none has lost its relevance

The greatest Russian explorers

The greatest Russian explorers

July 23, 2014 Joe Crescente, specially for RIR

Over the course of the centuries, explorers have combed the wilds of Russia in search of furs, river sources, and oceans

Politics

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

New bill proposes fines for using foreign words

June 26, 2014 Tatyana Shilovskaya, specially for RIR

MPs from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) called for introducing fines for excessive use of loanwords. The government and the general public have dismissed the initiative as useless

Special projects
Top Russian Startups

Top Russian Startups

Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Economics
How tanks grew exploding armor scales

How tanks grew exploding armor scales

July 23, 2014 Yuri Osokin, specially for RIR

After World War II, most countries began to field new generations of anti-tank weapons that fired shaped-charge projectiles. Military designers had begun searching for ways to protect tanks. Since piling on ever thicker armor was no good option, a revolutionary solution was sought and found.

How new US sanctions may impact Russia's economy

July 21, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

Experts believe new round of sanctions adopted by U.S. Department of the Treasury may become the most serious sanctions ever to be leveled at contemporary Russia

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

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
The woman who gave Gorky Park a second life

The woman who gave Gorky Park a second life

When in 2011 Olga Zakharova took over as director of Gorky Park, it was seedy place. Today, the park attracts 15 million guests annually. RIR's Louise Dickson spoke to Olga about how the park became a city within a city

Travel
Gatchina: favourite residence of Russian Emperors

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

Water sports and summer fun in Moscow

July 17, 2014 Iva Ostistaya, specially for RIR

The Russian capital offers plenty of summer fun by the beach for those looking to escape the monsoon blues

Castles and estates in the Leningrad region

July 11, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

The towns and countryside near St Petersburg has a wealth of historic treasures and charming villages with estates from the 18th and 19th century

10 Places you would never believe were in Russia

July 9, 2014 Daria Gonzalez, RIR

From the sandy beaches of the Far East, to Swiss-like villages lost in the middle of South Siberia, to German villages on the Baltic Sea coast – it is all still Russia

Sport

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

Decision to hire Fabio Capello flayed by critics

July 6, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

Russia's early exit from the World Cup has turned the spotlight on its highly-paid coach, with many questioning not only the size of the Italian’s salary, but also the large compensation he would stand to receive in the event of his early dismissal

Blogs
Why INDRA matters to Russia and India

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

Playing the devil’s advocate

July 16, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

The Indian media has made an art form of manufacturing controversies where they don’t exist. When it comes to Russia, there are also enough armchair critics, who are nostalgic of the Soviet days, trying to stir the pot

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