Charles A. Giansanti

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Death on Southwest Plane Shatters Record U.S. Safety String

Almost 100 million U.S.-operated airline flights, carrying several billion people, had taken off and landed safely in this country over a nine-year …

Paul Theroux Picks ‘The Structures of Everyday Life’ as a Book He Can’t Live Without

The noted fiction and nonfiction author celebrates Fernand Braudel’s illuminating history of quotidian objects and practices, from coffee drinking to …

Is The St Regis Princeville Leaving Starwood?

We have reviewed this aspirational property before, <b>Kauai Trip Report – St Regis Princeville.</b> Aspirational for the potential to redeem a lot of …

Moscow residents try to turn back the bulldozers

The developers are stalking Moscow looking for juicy redevelopment opportunities as the city with the world’s largest concentration of billionaires looks to the skies with high-rise developments.<p>But residents of the low rise “khrushchevk” blocks put up in the 1950s and 60s in response to a housing …

Lithuania wants a permanent US troop presence as 'a game changer' to counter Russia

The Lithuanian president has said she wants an ongoing US troop presence in her country in light of increased Russian activity in the region and in response to Moscow's preparations for military exercises in neighboring Belarus late this year.<p>"We need the serious involvement of the US to not only …

Russia

Soviet architecture: a revolution within the Revolution

To be a tourist in Russia is to wallow in the glorious imperial past: the stupendously-sized Hermitage in St Petersburg, the onion domes of St …

U.S. Shift on Russia Pleases Europe, Worries Moscow

Trump administration’s tougher stance comes as contacts between associates and Russian officials draw attention<p>WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s election was greeted with elation in Russia and trepidation in Europe because of his public overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the six …

AP Interview: Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

MOSCOW (AP) — As the Soviet Union was breaking up 25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev expected the United States and its Western allies to provide vital …

Beware of friendly strangers: Lithuania warns citizens about Russian spies

By foreign agents, Lithuania means the Kremlin. Ties have always been tense with former imperial master Moscow. But since the annexation of Crimea, Russia is seen in Vilnius as a threat to Lithuania and the other Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia.<p>"People don't even think that information is being …

Russia

REPORT: Hundreds of popular websites deliver Russian propaganda to 15 million Americans

While PropOrNot chooses to remain anonymous, citing concerns that Russian agents will retaliate against them, their methods claim to uncover some connections that merit consideration.<p>The report draws on a wealth of reports from a wide variety of media outlets that explored the "fake news" and …

Internet

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Putin Optimistic About OPEC Deal, Russia Is Ready to Freeze

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he sees no obstacles to an OPEC agreement this month after oil exporters made major progress in overcoming …

A Historic, Exclusive Moscow Neighborhood that is Home to Celebrities and State Officials

Ostozhenka tells the story of the city over the ages through its architecture<p>Anchored by an imposing statue of Friedrich Engels and a Russian …

Say goodbye to ‘Americanos’ in Putin’s Russia — at least for now

By David Filipov<p>, Bureau chief<p>MOSCOW — It’s not Lynchburg Lemonade, it's “Saratov Limonad.” You want a Jack Daniels? Order a “Zhora Denisov.” And the cocktail that previously shared the name of the B-52 bomber? It’s a SU-34 strike fighter jet now, bub.<p>These are the drolly patriotic extremes to …

Russia

Fear of Putin and a Baltic War Intensifies With Trump’s Victory

Desperation, anger, and distrust permeate both sides of the Russian frontier.<p>By Leonid Ragozin | November 18, 2016<p>Photographs by Misha Friedman for …

On board the Trans-Siberian Railway for a centenary ride

The world’s longest railway line was completed in 1916. Our writer embarks on the seven-day, 5,772-mile journey from Moscow to Vladivostok in the depths of winter when the snowy landscape is at its most beautiful<p>Vladivostok railway station, far eastern Russia. The seven-day train journey from …

What Vladimir Putin Is Expecting From Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin knows better than to expect too much of Donald Trump, who shocked the world by winning the U.S. presidential election last night. He’s …

From one Vladimir to another: Putin unveils huge statue in Moscow

President hails controversial monument and calls on Russians to unite to face external threats as his namesake did<p>There is now a Vladimir inside the Kremlin and one standing just outside.<p>On Friday, the Kremlin’s current incumbent, Vladimir Putin, unveiled a monument a stone’s throw from its gates …

Russian warplanes keep buzzing the Baltics. Here’s how NATO scrambles.

By Michael Birnbaum<p>, Bureau chief<p>AMARI AIR BASE, Estonia — On a recent night at this air base where NATO fighter pilots keep a constant vigil against the Kremlin, the alarms that warn that Russian planes were veering toward NATO airspace wouldn’t stop going off.<p>At least 13 Russian warplanes coursed …

Russia

Opinion: Is Moldova's European dream over?

No candidate won an absolute majority in Moldova's presidential election. Now there will be a runoff. The result is a major challenge for …

Ordinary Russians think Western fears of a new Cold War are 'laughable'

BALTIYSK, Russia (AP) — Russia held civil defense drills involving 40 million people this month, the largest since the collapse of the Soviet Union. State media broadcast instantly recognizable Soviet imagery, showing school children trying on gas masks, and urge viewers to find the nearest bomb …

British soldiers 'targeted in Russian propaganda plot'

The Army is investigating whether two soldiers were caught up in a Russian-backed plot to discredit British forces after they were set upon by a local gang and then filmed brawling while on exercise in Latvia.<p>Commanders and Latvian police said they were looking at the incident, but defence sources …

Five things I learned about Russia last week

By Daniel W. Drezner<p>, PostEverything Spoiler Alerts<p>The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts hasn’t completely recovered from the jet-lag that comes with leaving Sochi at 2:30 in the bleeping a.m. to get back to the United States. But enough brain function has returned to make some observations …

Comment on IATA predicts airline distribution revolution by 2021 by Timothy O'Neil-Dunne

I think this is not a question for the audience. The issue for so many PSS providers is the key question of their role and fitness for purpose. The …

Innovation

Germany to send tanks to Russian border

Germany has confirmed it is sending Leopard 2 tanks to Lithuania as part of NATO plans to reinforce the Baltic states. But the presence is largely …

Russia's Putin says cyber attacks are unacceptable

KRASNAYA POLYANA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that cyber attacks or other types of interference in other countries’ internal affairs were intolerable.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in …

Next U.S. President’s Toughest Assignment Will Be Putin

Whoever wins the U.S. election less than two weeks away is going have a rough time managing the relationship with Russia.<p>At an annual gathering of …

The last Russian leader to mess with a US election? Josef Stalin.

“We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before,” said Hillary Clinton at the final presidential debate, referring to the Russian-directed hacks aimed at influencing the US election. She was right in the narrow sense: 2016 is witnessing a new combination of Russian cyber …