Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Many Russians on social media were quick to come to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's defense following the arrest of several senior soccer officials on corruption charges. (file photo)

Fear, Conspiracy, And Loathing As Russians React To FIFA Arrests

Before the Kremlin commented on the shocking legal drama unfolding over alleged activities at global soccer authority FIFA, the Russian Internet and other media lit up as Russians reacted to news of investigations that could cast a harsh light on Russia's successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup. More

Russian tourism officials are hopeful that the Lenin museum in Kazan will prove a big hit with Chinese visitors. (file photo)

Lenin Slept Here, And Was Expelled -- Kazan 'Red Tour' Marketed To Chinese

Russia is trying to attract Chinese tourists to Tatarstan's capital, Kazan, with a "red tour" of communism's historic sites -- bragging not only that Lenin once slept there, but was also expelled from university there as a young revolutionary. More

Storm clouds are gathering around around soccer's world governing body following the arrest of several leading FIFA officials in Switzerland on corruption charges.

Arrests Put Spotlight On FIFA Corruption Allegations

Long dogged by allegations of corruption, FIFA is facing fresh -- and more importantly, concrete -- charges of graft leading all the way to the upper echelons of power in world soccer's governing body. More

PHOTO GALLERY: Afghanistan -- Life In A Historical Battlefield

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It took Afghan mujahedin nearly 10 years, and foreign weapons, to repel its Soviet invasion. A quarter-century later, Rostyslav Khotyn of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to Afghanistan to see what that war could tell him about the current conflict in his own country. More

Video East-West Tension Puts Baltic Sea Island On Its Toes

Concerns about Russia's intentions have bolstered the strategic importance of the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland. Sweden is planning to increase its troop presence there, and the number of locals joining a part-time home-guard force doubled last year. More


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