New translation of Venedikt Erofeev’s 'Walpurgis Night' is out

New translation of Venedikt Erofeev’s 'Walpurgis Night' is out

October 31, 2014 Phoebe Taplin, specially for RIR

Marian Schwartz translated the only play by written by the author of the epic “Moscow to the End of the Line.” The play offers a terrifying look at Soviet reality from behind the doors of a mental asylum

Lucky spots for tourists in Russia

Lucky spots for tourists in Russia

October 30, 2014 Darya Kezina, specially for RIR

Looking for success, happiness or love? RIR compiles a list of places in Russia that are known to bring good fortune in these areas

Analysts optimistic about Rosneft’s recent offers to ONGC

Analysts optimistic about Rosneft’s recent offers to ONGC

October 30, 2014 Viktor Kuzmin, specially for RIR

Russian experts largely feel that the offer of a stake in Yurubcheno-Tokhomskoye and Vankor would prove to be mutually beneficial for Rosneft and ONGC, and at the same time help the former secure a position in the Indian markets

When Dr. Dolittle became Dr. Aybolit

When Dr. Dolittle became Dr. Aybolit

October 30, 2014 Alena Tveritina, specially for RIR

Altered versions of foreign classics captivated Soviet society far more than translations – so much so that some classic characters were completely russified

Politics

Number of "foreign agent" NGOs grows

October 22, 2014 Galiya Ibragimova, specially for RIR

Russia’s Justice Ministry, which has the right to declare organizations “foreign agents” without their consent, has added a significant number of NGOs to its list

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

Special projects
Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Business Beat

Business Beat

Economics
Norwegian salmon continues to end up in Russian supermarkets

Norwegian salmon continues to end up in Russian supermarkets

October 30, 2014 Irina Zhavoronkova, RBC Daily

In a way of subverting the ban, salmon from Norway is first imported by Russian businessmen to Belarus, where it is gutted and salted at local factories, after which the processed fish is transported into Russia

Design work on the Leader destroyer to start in 2015

October 29, 2014 Vladimir Shcherbakov, specially for RIR

The futuristic warship will become operational by 2025, and will most likely be equipped with the Caliber cruise missile system and the Prometheus ZRK (anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile system)

Opinion
Mikhail Shchelkanov, specially for RIR

Myths and reality about Ebola

October 30, 2014

It is necessary to take a closer look at the conditions that caused Ebola to take hold in West Africa and how these conditions compare to those in Russia

Society
From the front lines of the Dubrovka hostage crisis

From the front lines of the Dubrovka hostage crisis

October 26, 2014 Andrei Skantsev, specially for RIR

RIR presents an account of the events from an officer in the Directorate A of the Special-Purpose Center under the Russian Federal Security Service, who took part in the operation to free hostages from Chechen terrorists

Scandalous conceptual artist now cuts off earlobe

October 22, 2014 Alexandra Guzeva, RIR

Pyotr Pavlensky's latest action was preceded by performances in which he nailed his scrotum to the pavement and stitched his mouth shut. RIR explores the meaning behind his performance and recalls the artist’s other political actions

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

Culture
In praise of grechka

In praise of grechka

While every Russian is familiar with buckwheat porridge – which can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the ingredients for the simple dish weren’t always so easy to come by

Travel
5 unbeatable locations to catch the Baikal sunset

5 unbeatable locations to catch the Baikal sunset

October 25, 2014 Slava Shirokov, Travel All Russia

Catch a sunset on the mystical shores near the Shaman Rock or the sandy remote beaches of Buryatia. Fall asleep under the golden sun pouring in through the window on the Trans-Baikal railway line

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

Sport

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

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

Blogs
Who needs to down the FGFA?

Who needs to down the FGFA?

October 29, 2014 Vinay Shukla

The spate of negative articles in the Indian media about the defence cooperation with Russia, especially concerning the FGFA project, indicates behind-the-scenes hectic attempts by Rafale lobbyists

Why India needs to rethink the Rafale deal

October 26, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

Russian Ambassador in New Delhi Alexander Kadakin claims Chinese Sukhoi Flankers will swat the Rafale like mosquitoes, but what’s more worrying is India is willing to spend $30 billion on a stop-gap aircraft

Let America clean up its own mess in Iraq and Syria

October 23, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Unless Russia and India’s interests are directly threatened by the Islamic State, they should stay away from the quagmire created by Washington’s reckless and foolhardy policies

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