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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.

Soviet referendum in 1991 was criminal in nature

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A quarter of a century has passed since the first (and as it turned out the last) all-Union referendum. The referendum was dedicated to the preservation of the Soviet Union as a federation of sovereign republics. Was there a need in the referendum? Was such an initiative productive?...

It is only Russia that has fifth-generation fighter aircraft

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Russia has created several unique aircraft. The Su-35 is already in use, and we have been testing the fifth-generation T-50 for several years. These are very good results, because no one could even think that it could be possible in the middle of the 1990s. Russia has lost a lot. Time is one of the [ ... ]

Putin, Medvedev Discuss Ukrainian Refugee Issue

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GORKI, Moscow region, June 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with his deputy ministers on Monday that he had discussed the situation of Ukrainian refugees with President Vladimir Putin.“As for assistance to refugees and humanitarian aid to Ukrainian citiz [ ... ]