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Vladimir Putin just did the US a huge favor

Geopolitical expert George Friedman disagrees.<p>Speaking in a Mauldin Economics video, Friedman says the Russian deployment was part of an elaborate US-Russia negotiation. The real issue is further north.<p><b>Syria-Ukraine connection</b><p>According to Friedman, the US is in a quandary. It needs a stable Syrian …

18 rare color photographs of the Russian Empire from over 100 years ago

In 1907, the photographer decided to systematically document the Russian Empire, and he was given a specially equipped railroad car darkroom by Tsar Nicholas II for the project.<p>To create his images, he used an oblong glass plate through three different color filters of red, green, and blue, …

Former Russian spy who defected describes what it's like to be broke and living in Oregon

Instead, the former spy lives in Portland and is unemployed, as detailed by Chris McGreal in the Guardian.<p>"I f----- up because I trusted the FBI," Neumann told the Guardian about his past decisions. "Do not trust anything to do with the US government because they will lie to you. They promise but …

From the archive, 23 June 1941: Hitler's invasion of Russia

The German invasion of Russia is much less of a surprise than was the Russo-German pact of August 23, 1939. It was not only that “Mein Kampf” was always the revelation of the sincere mind of Hitler. As late as April 11, 1939, in an almost raving speech at Wilhelmshaven Hitler described Soviet …

Russia

Seven decades of Soviet photography – in pictures

From 1927 until after the fall of communism, Russia’s Soviet Photo magazine charted the region’s pioneering visual culture. A new exhibition at Moscow’s Lumiere Centre for Photography celebrates this history

Photography

What Soviet suburbia was like

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including why Japanese is ‘doomed’, the linguistics of cricket and the man who changed jazz forever.<p><b>Language</b> | Written Japanese: Out of fashion?<br>The Japanese language is doomed by its complexity, says Minae Mizumura in The Fall of Language in the Age of …

Mashed

China Not So In Love With Russia After All

Shunned by the West, Russia may want to promote its new Chinese love affair to the world these days, but Czar Romeo shouldn’t get his hopes up.<p>Russia’s second biggest lender, VTB Bank, said that most Chinese banks have foregone doing business with them. The reason? Western sanctions against VTB. …

Russia

Inside Skolkovo, Moscow's self-styled Silicon Valley

There’s a machine that can print a thyroid gland, a mechanised suit that is helping a paraplegic play football and a lifelike bust of Alan Turing answering questions in a robotic drawl.<p>Welcome to Skolkovo, a 400-hectare plot of land west of Moscow that is trying to style itself as Russia’s coming …

Silicon Valley

How does the Russia of 1968 compare with today?

I first visited Moscow in September 1968. I arrived in the Russian capital just a week after Soviet troops had invaded Czechoslovakia. I was an undergraduate at Oxford University at the time, studying modern history, and the head of my college had been British ambassador in Moscow. He reckoned that …

Check out these somber new shots of the Soviets' stunted space shuttle program

Don't fault us for thinking these cemetery-like photos taken inside the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia would make an epic setting for a spectacular …

59 fascinating things you didn't know about Russia

As television presenter Simon Reeve explores Russia in a new three-part BBC programme airing tonight, we highlight 59 interesting facts you might not have known about one of the world's most intriguing countries.<p>For more on the country, including the best hotels to stay in while you're there, see …

Moscow's suburbs may look monolithic, but the stories they tell are not

The public square just off 60th Anniversary of October Street in the Moscow suburb of Novye Cheryomushki (“New Cherry Town”) is a very ordinary, if unusually placid, place. Trees, playgrounds, benches, mothers pushing prams and the odd middle-aged boozer circle around a small statue of Lenin. …

Architecture