Maximilian Voloshin: Crimea’s pacifist poet

Maximilian Voloshin: Crimea’s pacifist poet

April 18, 2014 Yan Shenkman, RIR

During the brutal days of the Russian civil war, the Crimean poet offered shelter in his house to both the “Red” Bolsheviks and members of the “White” Guard

How can the crisis in Ukraine be de-escalated?

How can the crisis in Ukraine be de-escalated?

April 18, 2014 Nikolai Gorshkov, specially for RIR

There are fundamental differences between Russia and the West as to what constitute appropriate measures to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. RIR looks at the possible options for resolving the impasse and how the situation could develop from here

Top 10 literary travel destinations in Russia

Top 10 literary travel destinations in Russia

April 18, 2014 Levi Bridges, specially for RIR

Russia has a rich literary tradition, and today many Russian novelists are household names. This month, RIR picked ten of the best literary travel destinations to visit on your next trip to the country

India calls for restraint in Ukraine

India calls for restraint in Ukraine

April 17, 2014 Alexander Korablinov, RIR

Foreign Secretary calls for all sides to exercise restraint and work together constructively to find political and diplomatic solutions in Ukraine

Pryanik: Russia’s famous sugar and spice cake

Pryanik: Russia’s famous sugar and spice cake

April 17, 2014 Vladimir Kozlov, specially for RIR

The pryanik is as widely known as a symbol of Russia as the balalaika or samovar. Here is a look at its historical connections with Tula, tsars, wedding rituals, and ballot boxes

Politics
Indo-Russian ties under a new government

Indo-Russian ties under a new government

April 11, 2014 Neeta Lal, specially for RIR

Policy analysts don’t really expect a radical departure from the UPA's foreign policy of the last decade, no matter who comes to power after the elections

A new era for Russian diplomacy

April 2, 2014 Dmitry Babich, specially for RIR

Economic rapprochement with the EU and, to a lesser extent, with the US will continue, as soon as the current rhetoric subsides and the tension in relations is relaxed

Special projects
Top Russian Startups

Top Russian Startups

Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Economics

Does Ukraine have an alternative to Gazprom?

April 17, 2014 Alexei Lossan, RIR

According to estimates by Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy, it is possible to export back to Ukraine up to 30 billion cubic meters per year from Slovakia

The top 5 Russian helicopters in service

April 16, 2014 Tatyana Rusakova, RIR

Russia has a very impressive fleet of helicopters that provide essential services to the armed forces. RIR presents five of the best rotary-winged aircraft

Opinion
Society

Moscow children’s homes try novel concept

April 10, 2014 Tatyana Sudakova, specially for RIR

A new kind of children’s home is springing up around the Russian capital, replacing orphanages. In these centres, children have the chance to get used to a family environment by living in comfortable modern surroundings with a “mother” who spends five days a week with them

What Russian parents want for their child’s future

April 9, 2014 Anastasia Maltseva, specially for RIR

Studies conducted by sociologists reveal that parents want their children to have “stable” professions and no longer see humanities-based occupations as desirable

The truck-driving angel of Chechnya

April 8, 2014 Svetlana Samodelova, Moskovsky Komsomolets

For over four decades, Zina Nanayeva drove her heavy KamAZ along the steep roads of the Caucasus through two Chechen wars, saving soldiers' lives and delivering food supplies

Culture
Travel
A window into the wild tundra

A window into the wild tundra

April 16, 2014 Andrey Raskin, RIR

Yamalkan is the only tourist base located in the Arctic Circle and offers a chance to dip into the world of the wild tundra for a few days in a completely safe fashion

Khakassia: Speleological treasures in Siberia

April 10, 2014 Anna Gruzdeva, suburbia.ru

The internal republic in southern Siberia attracts travellers with its gentle steppes and southern mountain ranges, ancient shamanistic culture, and traditions of different ethnic groups

Sport
Preparations for 2018 FIFA World Cup in full swing

Preparations for 2018 FIFA World Cup in full swing

April 17, 2014 Timur Ganeev, specially for RIR

RIR looks into the construction of 10 new stadiums for the football World Cup, who is building them, and how much these large-scale projects will cost

Sergey Karyakin: Russia’s next chess sensation

April 15, 2014 Ilya Trisvyatskiy, specially for RIR

The Crimea-born player, who finished just behind Viswanathan Anand in the 2014 Candidates tournament, is convinced that greater achievements loom in the horizon

Blogs
Russia could bring India and China closer

Russia could bring India and China closer

April 15, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran, RIR

Moscow enjoys a great deal of trust and goodwill in both countries and can empathise with (and advise) India on how to deal with China when it comes to vexing territorial disputes

Who do Indians like: Russia or USA?

April 14, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

A Pew survey says Indians are more positively disposed toward the US than Russia. Nothing could be further from the truth

Crimea and punishment: How BRICS can get even with the West

April 9, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

The Crimean crisis indicates the defining conflict of the 21st century is likely to be NATO versus the BRICS. With the world looking up to them to stop the West, the five-nation group is prepared for high-stakes geopolitical poker

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