The final days of Russian writers: Marina Tsvetaeva

The final days of Russian writers: Marina Tsvetaeva

July 28, 2014 Yolanda Delgado, specially for RIR

Marina Tsvetaeva was a fiercely individualistic character who was alienated in her home country and abroad. Her life was one of upheaval and tragedy, which ultimately engulfed the poet herself as well

5 Russian lakes to search for monsters

5 Russian lakes to search for monsters

July 28, 2014 Nikolay Gavrilov, specially for RIR

Deep-water dives in the icy, Siberian depths of Yakutia’s Lake Labynkyr have sparked “Loch Ness Fever” in every watery corner of Russia. RIR looks at expeditions and legends that surround some of Russia’s strangest waters

Giant holes in Siberia caused great excitement among scientists

Giant holes in Siberia caused great excitement among scientists

July 27, 2014 Igor Rozin, RIR

The strange holes in the earth found in the northern tundra on Russian territory in July could mean the beginning of irreversible changes in the climate of our planet. According to Russian scientists, the most likely reason for the formation of such holes is the emission of natural gas, which may be caused by global warming

A weekend in Veliky Novgorod

A weekend in Veliky Novgorod

July 27, 2014 Lucia Bellinello, RIR

Nestled on the banks of the Volkhov River, a few miles from St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod guards ancient Russian treasures amongst the walls of its churches and kremlin

Mysterious lost treasures of Russia

Mysterious lost treasures of Russia

July 25, 2014 Darya Gonzalez, RIR

The Romanov family heirlooms, Napoleon's loot, Admiral Kolchak's gold, and other Russian artefacts are waiting for their discoverers

From the Pacific to the Baltic - to cross Russia on bike in 24 days

From the Pacific to the Baltic - to cross Russia on bike in 24 days

July 25, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

Austrian cyclist Wolfgang Fasching is attempting to traverse the whole of Russia in just 24 days. Before he set off on his arduous 6,200-mile challenge, Fasching spoke to RIR about his motivation and preparations for the epic journey as well as his fascination with Russia

Politics

Profanity banned on TV, movies and literature

July 2, 2014 Nikolay Litovkin, RIR

A law banning the use of swearwords in television, movies, literature, media reporting, concerts, and theatrical productions came into force on July 1. Violators will have to pay hefty fines

New bill proposes fines for using foreign words

June 26, 2014 Tatyana Shilovskaya, specially for RIR

MPs from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) called for introducing fines for excessive use of loanwords. The government and the general public have dismissed the initiative as useless

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Top Russian Startups

Top Russian Startups

Karma Bhoomi

Karma Bhoomi

Russian flavours

Russian flavours

Education in Russia

Education in Russia

Economics
Opinion
Eduard Ponarin, RBC Daily

How America became Russia's bogeyman

July 9, 2014

In the early 1990s, the US was seen as a model of capitalist success and an example to strive for. Now, anti-American sentiment in the country has never been higher. What has caused such a tectonic shift?

Society

Russians fear a nuclear war

July 14, 2014 Sergey Goryashko, Kommersant

According to a recently conducted poll, Russian citizens feel that the US, Pakistan and North Korea pose the greatest threat when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons

Culture
The best-known Russian homonyms

The best-known Russian homonyms

Every language has words that look and sound the same but mean different things. Russian is no exception: many Russian words have two or even more different meanings

An easy way to make Russian gingerbread

An easy way to make Russian gingerbread

Typically the Russian gingerbread known as pryaniki take a week and specialized equipment to make, but this shortcut version is a good option for home cooks

Travel
Grozny: the city revived from the ashes

Grozny: the city revived from the ashes

July 24, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

Today, Grozny is perhaps the most famous city in the Northern Caucasus. Unfortunately, its fame is largely connected to the sad events of the last decade of the past century. At that time, the city became the epicenter of fierce fighting. But those events are now in the past, so put aside all stereotypes about Grozny

Gatchina: favourite residence of Russian Emperors

July 22, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

Gatchina, beautiful and enigmatic suburb of St. Petersburg, was the favorite residence of Emperors Paul I and Alexander III. It is also considered the birthplace of the Russian military air force, and it is here that the Maltese Order met

Water sports and summer fun in Moscow

July 17, 2014 Iva Ostistaya, specially for RIR

The Russian capital offers plenty of summer fun by the beach for those looking to escape the monsoon blues

Castles and estates in the Leningrad region

July 11, 2014 Veronika Prokhorova, specially for RIR

The towns and countryside near St Petersburg has a wealth of historic treasures and charming villages with estates from the 18th and 19th century

Sport

Russia looks to remain a leader in chess

July 20, 2014 Svetlana Korneva, specially for RIR

On the occasion of International Chess Day, RIR looks at the efforts being made by chess players and officials to boost interest in a game, where Russian has preserved its dominance

Decision to hire Fabio Capello flayed by critics

July 6, 2014 James Ellingworth, specially for RIR

Russia's early exit from the World Cup has turned the spotlight on its highly-paid coach, with many questioning not only the size of the Italian’s salary, but also the large compensation he would stand to receive in the event of his early dismissal

Blogs
Why INDRA matters to Russia and India

Why INDRA matters to Russia and India

July 20, 2014 Rakesh Krishnan Simha

The INDRA series of exercises between Russia and India is vital for improving the military readiness of the defence forces of the two countries

Deciphering the Russian soul

July 19, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

Great writers have written about it in detail, but it is not easy to pinpoint the main qualities that come with having a mystifying Russian soul

We’re all Malaysians

July 17, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

An immediate and impartial investigation into the shooting down of MH 17 is the need of the hour and those responsible for this cowardly act of murder need to severely punished

Playing the devil’s advocate

July 16, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran

The Indian media has made an art form of manufacturing controversies where they don’t exist. When it comes to Russia, there are also enough armchair critics, who are nostalgic of the Soviet days, trying to stir the pot

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