Laser weapons development in full swing in U.S. and Russia

Laser weapons development in full swing in U.S. and Russia

December 19, 2014 Dmitry Litovkin, specially for RIR

This fall the U.S. Navy ran successful testing of its first Laser Weapon System (LaWS). In 2016-2017 the navy intends to test the 100-150 kilowatt laser systems at sea, marking yet another breakthrough in the development of navy and regular weapons. Russia is also actively developing laser weapons, yet they are fully classified

The fall of the ruble threatens Russian football

The fall of the ruble threatens Russian football

December 19, 2014 Alexey Yakobson, specially for RIR

Due to the collapse of the ruble, contracts with players and coaches stipulated in euros have become significantly more expensive, placing the ability of clubs to continue to attract foreign talent in jeopardy. RIR learned about the implications of these economic problems for Russian football

Moscow opens new front in gas war

Moscow opens new front in gas war

December 19, 2014 Bryan MacDonald, specially for RIR

The Russia-Turkey energy deal has the potential to change a multitude of geopolitical certainties

Russian scientists developed new type of prosthetic implant

Russian scientists developed new type of prosthetic implant

December 18, 2014 Darya Kezina, specially for RIR

New nanoceramic intervertebral disk implants fuse with the bone and are not rejected by the body. According to preliminary estimates these prosthetic implants will be 10 percent of the price for the metal or polymer equivalents thanks to their lower material intensity

Politics

Commercial mass media is facing a crisis

December 4, 2014 Marina Darmaros, Vasily Krylov, RIR

Ivan Zassoursky, Professor of Media and Theory of Communications in the Journalism Department of Moscow State University, spoke to RIR about commercial interests, propaganda and the current state of the Russian media

Special projects
Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Business Beat

Business Beat

Economics
Ruble crashes to world's worst-performing currency

Ruble crashes to world's worst-performing currency

December 16, 2014 Kira Egorova, Alastair Gill, RIR

Despite Russia’s Central Bank stepping in to raise interest rates to 17 percent after a late-night emergency meeting on Dec. 16, the ruble continued its free fall. It is now officially the world’s worst-performing currency of 2014

USA wants to give up Russian RD-180 engines

December 16, 2014 Viktor Kuzmin, specially for RIR

In early December 2014 the U.S. Congress approved a ban on purchasing Russian RD-180 engines. However, this decision is unlikely to be implemented in the near future. Orbital Sciences announced on Dec. 10 that it will now be using the Atlas V system fitted with the RD-180 to launch the Cygnus spacecraft

India interested in Russian Superjet

December 15, 2014 Artem Sanzhiev, specially for RIR

Civil aviation projects will mark a new development trajectory for bilateral relations between Moscow and New Delhi

Opinion
Society

Young Muscovites choose social networks over TV

November 29, 2014 Kira Egorova, RIR

The VKontakte social network has eclipsed all other internet services in popularity for the younger segment of the Moscow audience, including internet search giant Yandex, as well as all the state TV channels, according to Vedomosti

Memorial under growing pressure from authorities

November 25, 2014 Oleg Egorov, specially for RIR

Russia's supreme court is preparing to examine the lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Justice requesting to liquidate Memorial, the country's first organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Stalin's repressions and victims.

Culture
Russian dancers enchant in Mohiniyattam festival

Russian dancers enchant in Mohiniyattam festival

Alexandra Vodopyonova and Olga Stoliarova, who performed at the Mohiniyattam Collective dance festival in New Delhi, have become life-long devotees of the Indian classical dance form that is known for embodying grace and beauty

Travel
Air gateways to Moscow

Air gateways to Moscow

December 17, 2014 Olga Cherednichenko, specially for RIR

RIR shares some practical tips about where to find the best free internet connection, have a light meal with a great view of the landing field and even go to a museum in Moscow’s airports

The home of Russian Snow Maiden

December 13, 2014 Joe Crescente, specially for RIR

The city is one of two in Russia that makes a claim to one of the main protagonists of the New Year’s holidays. “Snegurochka,” or the snow maiden, is from Kostroma and maintains a residence here

The Amur Highway: one of Siberia’s most scenic drives

December 8, 2014 Levi Bridges, specially for RIR

The section of the Trans-Siberian Highway between the cities of Chita and Irkutsk in Western Siberia features stunning mountains dotted with Buddhist temples and rural villages

Sport
Short but glorious life of the Soviet hockey legend

Short but glorious life of the Soviet hockey legend

December 16, 2014 Andrey Vasilyev, specially for RIR

December saw the release of a new biography of the late Valeri Kharlamov, one of the Soviet Union’s most dazzling hockey talents and a key cog in the invincible ‘Red Machine’ of the 1970s. RIR remembers the life and career of the legendary hockey player, who remains a national treasure in Russia even today

2014: A year to forget for Russian football

December 15, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

A humiliating World Cup exit in the group stage, weak performances in European Championship qualifying, elimination of Russian clubs from the Champions League and continuing scandals involving racism mean that Russian football has a lot of work to do both on and off the pitch before 2018 World Cup

Blogs
New energy, new horizons: India-Russia ties moving into higher orbit

New energy, new horizons: India-Russia ties moving into higher orbit

December 16, 2014 Boris Volkhonsky

The annual Russia-India summit which took place in New Delhi on December 11 was truly a milestone event. Many of the announcements at the summit were made for the first time, and this means that the Russian-Indian cooperation really has reached a qualitatively new level

Here’s how to raise Russia-India relations to a new level

December 15, 2014 Petr Topychkanov

Despite the large number of bilateral agreements signed as a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Delhi, there are many obstacles to an improved relationship with India that require pragmatic approaches from both sides

Taming the Babus: biggest challenge for Modi and Putin

December 13, 2014 Vinay Shukla

Judging by the media coverage and comments, the 15th annual India-Russia summit, the first between President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned out to be a successful one

Goa liberation: How Russia vetoed the West

December 12, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

In December 1961 Russia stood by India as it liberated Goa and whacked Portugal, a NATO member, which left many in the West with red faces

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