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

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?

The advent of the bayonet in Russia

The advent of the bayonet in Russia

August 29, 2014 Alexander Vershinin, specially for RIR

Russian soldiers first became acquainted with the bayonet in the early 18th century and immediately saw the benefits of this fixed blade mounted below the barrel of a rifle

Bureaucracy holding up Russian business drones

Bureaucracy holding up Russian business drones

August 29, 2014 Anna Golberg, Dzerassa Gagulova, Kommersant

At the moment, companies delivering goods using unmanned aerial vehicles are running into legal obstacles in Russia but there is hope they can be overcome in the next several years

80 years since the First Congress of Soviet Writers

80 years since the First Congress of Soviet Writers

August 29, 2014 Anastastia Gorbatova, specially for RIR

The congress marked a watershed in Soviet literature. The artistic freedom that had characterized the 1920s was now gone, replaced by forced membership of the Soviet Union of Writers

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

Russian government to bail out KamAZ

August 27, 2014 Anna Kuchma, RIR

The country's main truck manufacturer, assistance will receive $1 billion in assistance, as the government looks to provide essential support for the automotive industry

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
Getting the Russian point of view across in India

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

Reflections from Russian Augusts of yesteryear

August 17, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

This is the month of an alleged curse that has been plaguing Russia since the early 1990s. August, however, is a great time to travel across the breadth of the country and explore its less visited areas

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