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How will Russia respond to the U.S. missile strike on Syria's airbase?
Friday, 07 April 2017 09:29

The USS Ross and the USS Porter launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian Shayrat Airbase near the city of Homs. Washington justified the attack by saying it was a "proportional response" to the chemical attack on civilians in Idlib Province, which allegedly was carried out by Assad's forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the American...

Trump and Xi tandem could shape or ‘rape’ the world. But it won’t
Friday, 07 April 2017 09:10

The first ever meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on the U.S. president’s turf – at his beachside Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida – was duly regarded as a landmark chance to patch up old quarrels and stabilize relations between Washington and Beijing.   

It was not easy going for the two leaders. Neither Trump, the distinguished China-basher...

Was the U.S. strike on Syria’s airbase ‘an attack on the agreement?’
Friday, 07 April 2017 08:19

The opinion voiced by several experts that the U.S. strike targeting a Syrian military airbase was an “emotional reaction” by President Donald Trump is questionable. The timing was excellent for Washington and the possibilities of starting a direct conflict with Russia were minimized. The Russian military had been warned of the strike beforehand,...

The Massive Walls of Solovki: From Prokudin-Gorsky to the present
Friday, 07 April 2017 07:55

At the beginning of the 20th century the Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for vivid, detailed color photography (see box text below). Inspired to use this new method to record the diversity of the Russian Empire, he photographed numerous historic sites during the decade before the abdication of...

Lyubovnitsa salad is a kitchen mistress that Soviet wives were proud of
Friday, 07 April 2017 07:17

Walnuts and dried fruits are known to be natural aphrodisiacs, but did you have any idea that beetroot and garlic are also? Well, these ingredients come together in one passion-provoking salad!

Diehard foodies are first surprised by the provocative name of this salad — Lyubovnitsa — which can be translated as “mistress.” This nourishing salad, made ...
5 must-read books to understand the Russian Revolution
Friday, 07 April 2017 07:07

The Russian Revolution totally reshaped society, and the writers of the day responded to it with a mixture of exhilaration, horror and hope, some changing their views over their lifetimes.

Alexander Blok, the poem 'The Twelve'

Read more...Illustration for "The Twelve." Source: Yury Annenkov

To begin with, influential lyrical poet Alexander Blok enthusiastically...

Russians believe their life would not change without Internet
Friday, 07 April 2017 06:15

Almost half of Russians believe their life would not change without the Internet, a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed on April 7.

"The hypothetical disappearance of the Internet will cause no panic," the pollster said. "47 percent of Russians said nothing will change in their life in this case and 26 percent...

Dissecting Moscow’s street protests: Why were there so many youth?
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:49

Around 200 young people under 15 years old, and about 1,500 between the ages of 15 and 20, joined the March 26 protests in Moscow, said a participant in a closed-door conference of regional educational ministers held in St. Petersburg, Gazeta.ru reported.

State officials, however, were told not to conduct "preventive interviews" with young...

Attack in St. Petersburg: Who benefits?
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:39

Irrespective of who carried out the bombing (intelligence services of the Republic of Kirgizstan assert the terrorist was of Kirgiz origin), it doesn’t have the usual characteristics of a "one wolf" attack but is typical of a premeditated, carefully planned terrorist act.

The target (civilians), scale (the bomb was placed in the center of the...

Kremlin: Trump called Putin only to offer condolences
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:44

U.S. President Donald Trump called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin only to express condolences over the St. Petersburg metro bombing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on April 4.

"The U.S. president made this call to offer condolences and express solidarity with Russian people," Peskov said, adding that the two leaders had no detailed...

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