Buddhism in Tsarist Russia

Buddhism in Tsarist Russia

September 2, 2014 Gleb Fedorov, RIR

RIR's Gleb Federov traces the history of the religion in Russia from its origins till the Soviet days

Forecast for 2014-17 downgraded by Russian Economic Ministry

Forecast for 2014-17 downgraded by Russian Economic Ministry

September 2, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

The downgrade assumes a drop in oil and gas production and lower oil prices. Analysts predict that the forecast may be further revised, either up or down, as early as this fall – depending on developments in Ukraine

Bumper stickers on cars gain popularity

Bumper stickers on cars gain popularity

September 2, 2014 Oleg Egorov, specially for RIR

A growing number of vehicles on Russian roads bear stickers on their bumpers or windows, through which people make jokes, express their political views or even make money

10 years after the Beslan attacks

10 years after the Beslan attacks

September 1, 2014 Elena Melikhova, specially for RIR

Today marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most gruesome acts of terror in Russian history

Imperative for India to prevent mistakes of 1990s Russia

Imperative for India to prevent mistakes of 1990s Russia

September 1, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Those critical of Narendra Modi for going too slow on reforms in his first 100 days as prime minister need not look any further than Russia of the early 1990s when a complete and hasty overhaul brought about a decade of chaos

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
Aeroflot to launch new low-cost carrier

Aeroflot to launch new low-cost carrier

September 1, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

Russia’s national air carrier will launch a brand new budget airline that will replace Dobrolet, which was shut down due to the sanctions imposed by the European Union over its flights to Crimea

Russian scientists plan to clone a mammoth

August 31, 2014 Aram Ter-Chazaryan, specially for RIR

Scientists from Yakutia have begun work on resurrecting the mammoth. In September the International Centre for the Study of Cells of Prehistoric Animals will open in the internal republic in northeast Russia

Active phase of Avia Indra-2014 begins

August 29, 2014 Itar-Tass

The drills’ scenario involves joint flights with mixed Russian-Indian crews on Su-30SM aircrafts and Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters in the Voronezh and Astrakhan regions

Opinion
Society
Questions raised over closure of Perm Gulag museum

Questions raised over closure of Perm Gulag museum

August 28, 2014 Dmitriy Romendik, RIR

The Perm-36 Memorial Center of the History of Political Repression was recently shut down, and it remains unclear whether this was because of a recent ideological tendency to rehabilitate the Stalin era or just a cost-cutting initiative

Donetsk residents bear brunt of civil war

August 28, 2014 Paul Duvernet, specially for RIR

As the war rages on between pro-autonomy rebels and the Kiev authorities, residents of the southeastern Ukrainian city say fear has become a part of their daily lives

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
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

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
Ukraine is the new Pakistan

Ukraine is the new Pakistan

August 30, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Western hypocrisy created Pakistan’s jehad factory and now it is turning Ukraine into a war zone

Looking at classical writers in perspective

August 29, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Should 21st century yardsticks be used to judge the racist and misogynistic views of writers that lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries?

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

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