Eastern Ukraine’s Accelerating Humanitarian Crisis

By Mary Jane Maxwell “There’s no peace and shelling takes place daily.” That’s the current situation in Russian-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, says an archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Despite countless truces, Archbishop Serhiy of Donetsk and Mariupol says the Russian-led
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Russian Shopping Mall Fire Kills 64; No Alarms Reported

With the fire alarms silent and staff reportedly nowhere to be seen, a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in eastern Russia. The fire at the Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, a (more...)

Stalinism Resurgent in Russia as Critics Warn Against Whitewashing Soviet History

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is fierce debate over the legacy of one of its most brutal dictators. Josef Stalin, who ruled from the 1930s until his death in 1953, is held responsible for the deaths of millions of his countrymen. Yet, an opinion poll last year (more...)

For The Love Of Dance, An American Ballerina Visits Russia

By ShareAmerica Catherine Cata, a 17-year-old ballerina from Stafford, Virginia, recently got the chance to study with the world’s best dancers. Invited to spend six weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet dancing and studying the Russian language, Cata felt some stage fright. Though used to the rigors of ballet training, she wasn’t sure (more...)

Russia’s Hallowed October Revolution Now Seen as a ‘Communist Coup’

VOA Daniel Schearf For decades, the Soviet Union celebrated the October Revolution, which brought the communist Bolsheviks to power in Russia. Nowadays, there's much less celebration. The October Revolution, which took place in November 1917 under the modern Gregorian calendar, led to the rise of the Soviet Union and created the world's first communist (more...)

Comey Testifies Trump Pressed Him to Drop Investigation

The recently fired director of the FBI, James Comey, said on Capitol Hill Thursday that he believed U.S. President Donald Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of Trump's former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread "lies, plain and simple" to cover up the (more...)

Blast in St. Petersburg Metro Kills 11, Injures Dozens

VOA Russian authorities have identified a suspect in Monday's deadly subway bombing in St. Petersburg, the Interfax news agency reports. Interfax says police believe it was a suicide bombing, and they identified the alleged bomber as a 23-year-old man from Central Asia. The news agency quotes police who say he carried the bomb (more...)

Happy Old New Year!

“The Old New Year ( Russian: Старый Новый год, Ukranian: Старий Новий рік, Macedonian: Стара Нова година) or the Orthodox New Year (Serbian: Православна Нова година or Pravoslavna Nova godina) is an informal traditional Slavic Orthodox holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the (more...)

New Year Celebrations Mark 2017 Around the World

Much of the globe celebrated the beginning of 2017 with fireworks, parties and other festivities, though many were somber in reflecting on the politics and popular culture of the past tumultuous year. Revelers gathered in Times Square, New York City’s iconic tourist attraction, to watch the famed crystal ball mark the (more...)

Data Recorder From Russia Plane Crash Recovered

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Daniel Scheart
Russia's Defense Ministry said Tuesday search teams have found the main flight data recorder from a military passenger plane that crashed over the weekend in the Black Sea. Russian news agencies said the device would be delivered to Moscow for
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Tillerson’s World Oil Deals Drew Trump’s Attention

VOA Rex Tillerson's experience on the world stage negotiating billions of dollars of oil deals for ExxonMobil put the CEO in good stead with President-elect Donald Trump, who named him Tuesday as his secretary of state. Trump said Tillerson "knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a (more...)

Isaac Babel’s ‘Odessa Tales’

Isaac Babel is not a household name in the United States. Despite the fact that the Russian playwright, journalist and author has been dead for more than 75 years, he remains a figure filmmaker David Novack believes is as relevant today as he was in the 1920s. "This is a writer (more...)

Kremlin Reportedly Planning to Revive KGB-style Security Behemoth

The Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that before the next presidential election, scheduled for March 2018, the Kremlin plans to create a gigantic new ministry that will absorb most of Russia’s existing security agencies. According to Kommersant’s sources, this new security behemoth will be called the Ministry (more...)

Europe-Russia Relations Warm When it Comes to Mars Mission

Relations between Europe and Russia may be rocky on Earth, but next month's planned landing of a module on Mars — a first step in the broader search for life on the Red Planet — shows that cooperation in space is another story. In a joint mission between the Paris-based European (more...)

Democrats Want FBI Probe of Alleged Russian Efforts to Tilt US Vote

Democrats in Congress, including the party's Senate leader, Harry Reid, have asked the FBI to investigate concerns that the Russian government may be attempting to undermine the U.S. presidential election through cyberattacks that could include tampering with voting results. "The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free (more...)

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