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Asia-Pacific Digest:Yuan as an IMF currency and Russia's most unique mosque
Sunday, 20 December 2015 04:25

China’s acquisition of the Su-24 is a pointer to the weaknesses in its domestic fighter programs, but is also a sign that the Russia-China strategic alignment is more than skin deep. 

Leonid Kulikovsky, a descendant of Russia’s Romanov dynasty and a distant relative of England’s royal family, passed away in a small Australian town in September. RBTH looks back at the life of this mysterious man, who always maintained a low profile.

The IMF has decided to make the Chinese Yuan a world reserve currency, giving it a status that was previously reserved just for the dollar, pound, yen and euro. For Russia, this decision will have far-reaching consequences, writes a professor of finance and banking at RANEPA.


Vietnam signed a flurry of Free Trade Agreements in 2015. Does this mean the country is getting involved in a messy geopolitical struggle or is it just business?

The North Korean leader’s claim that his country possesses a hydrogen bomb has set off alarm bells in Russia, a member of the six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Andrei Lankov, a leading Russian scholar of Korea, writes that the claim is yet another round of scare diplomacy, which is a Pyongyang trademark that has sometimes worked in the past.


By Daria Strelávina, RBTH

‘Beautiful Faces,’ an exhibition by Russian artist Olga Konorova is being held at the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow. 


By Daria StrelávinaKira EgorovaViktoria Semióshina, RBTH

RBTH presents a gallery of ten unique Russian mosques, from Moscow to the northernmost city in the world.

Guests from space: 6 large meteorites that fell in Russia's Far East

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On December 6, a meteorite fell in the Sayanogorsk district in the Republic of Khakassia. According to preliminary reports, the celestial body was about 32-50 feet in diameter and it had either a rocky or rocky-water composition. Scientists said that such celestial bodies fall to Earth every day.1.  [ ... ]

Europe should be afraid of weak Russia

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Is Europe aware of what is happening in Ukraine? Do European people know about those torchlight processions and many others fascist actions and activities? Unfortunately, Russia is losing the information war. In Europe, it is hard to obtain reliable information on Ukrainian events. Today's Russia i [ ... ]

Russia ready to respond to the West by banning imports of foreign cars

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Moscow prepares additional measures, should the West continue running the policy of sanctions. Russia's additional sanctions could extend to industrial goods, including automobiles. The economic war between Russia and the West may affect the field of air communication too. PM Medvedev said that the [ ... ]