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A cashmere classic from Russia: 10 facts about the Orenburg shawl
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:00

1. The "women's era" for the shawl began in the 18th century; Ural Cossack women, experienced in lace and embroidery, started using down hair to knit open-work shawls called pautinki (gossamer) for their subtlety. The handicraft emerged almost contemporaneously with the city of Orenburg itself.

2.  The handicraft became a trade out of ...

A Russian pursuit of Tibetan art
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 03:05

Nickolai Dudko is an artist who studied at Ulan-Ude’s Art College and the Academy of Art in Kiev, Ukraine.

Green Tara saving from eight sufferings of Samsara.Source: Nikolai Dudko

In 1986 when he lived in Ulan-Ude, Dudko started to learn to paint Thangkas, sacred Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk applique.  His first teachers were ...

Medvedev assesses domestic tourism flow at 50 mln people in Russia in 2015
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:12

The domestic tourism flow can amount to around 50 million people in 2015, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting on the development of domestic tourism in Sochi on Jan. 5.

He said that "this is almost a third of our country."

"Last year we have set a record. Over 20 million foreign guests visited us,"...

Ukraine to defend itself against Russia's claim related to Eurobonds
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 16:06

The Ukrainian Finance Ministry has taken into consideration Russia's decision to initiate legal action against Ukraine over the $3 billion December 2015 Eurobonds and said it was ready to defend itself and at the same time hold talks on restructuring these debt liabilities.

"Ukraine is ready to defend itself against any claim that may...

Winter holidays in Russia
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:00

Perhaps the best part about Russian New Year’s is that it’s not back to work the next day or even the day after. Pictured: Street illuminations in Moscow.

Russian economic achievements in 2015 defy crisis
Monday, 04 January 2016 20:40
Despite the crisis, the Russian economy did not collapse in 2015. The decline in GDP in 2015 made up only four percent, although in 2009, the index was larger - eight percent. Such an insignificant decline in GDP against the backdrop of the closed financial market is obviously an achievement for the Russian economy...
Western experts: Russia wants to destroy our empire of goodness
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:14
Forecasts for 2016: Putin winds Obama around his finger. The international coalition wins complete victory over the Islamic State. The current wave of migrants to Europe comes to naught. Europe lifts sanctions against Russia, and Putin becomes No. 1 peacemaker on the planet. A directly opposite scenario is seen unfavorable for the United States...
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