Sixth generation fighter jet on Russia’s design board

Sixth generation fighter jet on Russia’s design board

October 22, 2014 Viktor Litovkin, specially for RIR

The general requirements for the aircraft are clear: the body is to be made of composite materials and it should attain high speeds and have the latest electronic warfare equipment, avionics, and a propulsion system

Siberia’s open air museums

Siberia’s open air museums

October 22, 2014 Anna Gruzdeva, specially for RIR

In the depths of the Siberian taiga, incredibly beautiful ethnic villages constructed of wood have survived, which have now been converted into national parks and museums. The combination of old wooden buildings and Siberian zest is breathtakingly beautiful

Half a century guarding the skies

Half a century guarding the skies

October 21, 2014 Alexander Korolkov, specially for RIR

The Shilka is the air defense system closest to the troops, having followed Soviet and Russian motorized infantry and tank battalions for five decades in which it also made its mark in ground engagements

Film censorship in the Soviet Union

Film censorship in the Soviet Union

October 21, 2014 Ekaterina Sivkova, specially for RIR

Censors interfered with the work of some of the most famous Soviet directors, cutting out many scenes from films

The good old days of Russian tennis

The good old days of Russian tennis

October 21, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

As other sports struggled to adapt to post-Soviet realities, tennis professionals took the most of the Yeltsin-era opportunities


Citizenship procedures simplified for foreign investors

October 8, 2014 Nikolay Litovkin, RIR

A new law speeds up the process for foreign investors to attain Russian citizenship. Observers interviewed by RIR believe that while the government's decision is timely, it will have little influence on helping Russia escape economic recession

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Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Business Beat

Business Beat


How can Lake Baikal be saved from an ecological disaster?

October 18, 2014 Gleb Fedorov, RIR

An ecologist from Moscow State University tells RIR how toxic waste from the Baikal Pulp and Paper Plant can be utilized and whether the Kholodninskoye zinc deposit really poses a threat to the lake

Fyodor Lukyanov, The Moscow Times

Control of business is now a global trend

October 20, 2014

The world is undergoing a transformation that applies to virtually all aspects of political and economic life, and the relationship between the state and the private sector is no exception


Suicide rate falls in Russia

October 17, 2014 Maria Fedorishina, specially for RIR

Although almost 29,000 people commit suicide in Russia every year, the country is no longer in the list of ten countries with the highest suicide rate. However, the country’s teenage suicide rate is the highest in Europe

New schools to train girls in virtue of nobility

October 15, 2014 Anna Trofimova, RIR

RIR reports on the purpose that so-called ‘institutes for noble maidens’ served in the days of the Russian Empire and what their modern-day equivalents are like

Ebola unlikely to reach Russia

October 14, 2014 Gleb Fedorov, RIR

With an effective antibacterial system that helps avoid uncontrollable outbreaks of viruses similar to Ebola, there is a very slim chance that the deadly virus from Africa will reach Russia, according to researchers


Ancient symbol of Russian resilience

October 13, 2014 William Brumfield, specially for RIR

After it was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century, Ryazan was totally rebuilt and boasts a number of historic monuments

Omsk: Western Siberia's hidden gem

October 9, 2014 Joe Crescente, specially for RIR

The city on the edge of the southern steppe of Siberia is not full of obvious sites, but for the intrepid traveler there are unusual discoveries that can make a business trip fun or a stopover on the Trans-Siberian railway more than memorable

Sochi F1 debut seen as a major success

Sochi F1 debut seen as a major success

October 14, 2014 Ilya Zubko, specially for RIR

The race won by Lewis Hamilton was acclaimed as a success, with famous drivers, journalists and the public lining up to pay compliments to the Russian organizers on their achievement

Daniil Kvyat all set for Sochi Grand Prix

October 11, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

The 20-year old, who will take world champion Sebastian Vettel’s place on the Red Bull team next year, is eager to participate in the first race hosted by his native Russia

Maria Sharapova closing in on world number 1 ranking

October 10, 2014 Timur Ganeev, specially for RIR

Thanks to her victory at the China Open, the Russian glamour girl moved to number two in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, and could topple Serena Williams in the near future

How Alexander Lesun mastered the modern pentathlon

October 9, 2014 Anna Kozina, specially for RIR

The 26-year-old won a gold medal for Russia at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Warsaw. RIR asks the athlete about his secrets to performing equally well in swimming, fencing, riding, shooting, and running

Working together in renewable energy

Working together in renewable energy

October 19, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

A partnership between Russia and India in the development of renewable energy resources will help both countries in the long run

Welcome to the new world order

October 17, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

The IMF’s annual report confirms the future belongs to the BRICS, with western economic power declining faster than previously estimated

Leave politics out of the G20

October 13, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Any attempt to isolate Russia from the grouping of the world’s 20 largest economies will have serious repercussions on global economic recovery and growth

Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers

October 12, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences

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