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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.

The first Romanov political exile: How Peter the Great's son fled Russia

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Russia's first emperor Peter the Great was famous not only for his wars, radical reforms and the construction of the new capital, St. Petersburg, but also for his temper. He worked tirelessly, demanding the same from his comrades, and he was terrifying when he was angry: Not only was he capable of b [ ... ]

Biting the bullet: How military service was avoided in Imperial Russia

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'A recruit' by Ivan Repin (1879). / Source: Russian MuseumConscription of young Russian men for lifetime service began in 1699 during the rule of Peter the Great. The goal was to establish a standing army and increase its size for the emperor's many military campaigns. During the reign of Nicholas [ ... ]

Russia to develop new anti-aircraft artillery system on Armata tank chassis

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Russia started developing a new anti-aircraft artillery system that is said to replace well-known "Shilka" and "Tunguska" systems. The new anti-aircraft artillery system is to have the caliber of 57 millimeters. Serial production of anti-aircraft guns on mobile chassis started during the First Worl [ ... ]