Glimpses into the banya

Glimpses into the banya

August 27, 2014 Marina Starodubtseva, specially for RIR

A trip to the steam room or banya is the quintessential Russian experience. RIR takes a look at the two basic kinds of banyas in use in the country

A hot hail of cluster-fired rockets

A hot hail of cluster-fired rockets

August 27, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The Grad BM-21 multiple launch rocket system has a history that goes back all the way to the early 1960s, when it succeeded the legendary Katyusha rocket battery

Failure to learn from history

Failure to learn from history

August 27, 2014 Alexander Yakovenko, specially for RIR

The Russian Ambassador to the UK sees sees parallels between past events in the current crisis in Ukraine

In the heart of Kostroma's lake district

In the heart of Kostroma's lake district

August 26, 2014 William Brumfield, specially for RIR

With its neoclassical center, medieval history and ready accessibility, Galich is a fascinating destination

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

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

Borrowing costs for Russian state-owned banks rise

August 23, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

Sanctions imposed by the West on state-owned Russian banks have already led to an increase in the cost of credit in Russia, while overdue retail loans have increased by one third

Opinion
Society

Ten species that are endemic to Russia

August 18, 2014 Elena Danilovich, RIR

There's more to Russian fauna than the Amur tiger and the brown bear. RIR has made a list of 10 indigenous Russian animals, from see-through fish to graceful white cranes

Culture
Travel

Off the beaten track in Tatarstan

August 12, 2014 Joe Crescente, specially for RIR

Some of the internal Russian republic's most fascinating attractions are not mentioned in any travel guidebook. RIR gives you the low down on some of the undiscovered treasures

Sport
Sochi looks all set for F1 grand stage

Sochi looks all set for F1 grand stage

August 24, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

Two months ahead of Russia's first Formula 1 race, the finishing touches are being applied on the Sochi Autodrom

India may host BRICS football championship

August 22, 2014 Alexander Korablinov, RIR

The tournament is likely to involve the under-19 or under-17 teams of the five-nation grouping. The idea was discussed at last month’s summit in Brazil

Lamborghinis race MiGs near Moscow

August 22, 2014 Anastasia Yudina, specially for RIR

History was made at the Fast and the Furious-2014 Show when supercars competed against military jets, thrilling a large audience

Blogs
Getting the Russian point of view across in India

Getting the Russian point of view across in India

August 25, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Russia needs to reach out to a wider audience in India in order to combat reports from hostile outlets that find its way into Indian newspapers and television channels

Flight of the Flanker: Ultimate jet fighter turns 30

August 24, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Three decades after it was inducted into the Russian Air Force, the Sukhoi-27 remains the ultimate jet fighter with its super-maneuverability, grace, beauty and sheer power

Reflections from Russian Augusts of yesteryear

August 17, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

This is the month of an alleged curse that has been plaguing Russia since the early 1990s. August, however, is a great time to travel across the breadth of the country and explore its less visited areas

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