Wednesday, July 01, 2015


"Love can work miracles," says Dmitry Kiselyov. "Who is against that?"

From Burning Hearts To Civil Unions: The Unlikely Evolution Of Dmitry Kiselyov

Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia's controversial chief propagandist, has shocked viewers during a weekly news round-up by coming out in favor of same-sex civil unions. More

A Russian opposition party has rejected claims that French actor Gerard Depardieu is running as its candidate for governor of a Siberian region, dismissing the allegation as an "unfortunate joke."

Russian Opposition Party Says 'Depardieu Candidacy' A Bad Joke

A Russian opposition party has rejected claims that French actor Gerard Depardieu is running as its candidate for governor of a Siberian region, dismissing the allegation as an "unfortunate joke." More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) has led a conspicuous effort to highlight tensions between Brussels and Athens, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

A Russian Lifeline For Greece? Don't Hold Your Breath

Moscow largesse is unlikely to help Athens ward off economic calamity anytime soon. More

The nonprofit group United Against Nuclear Iran has launched a multimillion-dollar media campaign that pushes Washington to take a harder line on the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Critics Of Nuclear Deal Go On The Offensive Ahead Of Deadline

Even before the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, critics were ratcheting up their calls for Washington to take a tougher line in negotiations. More

There are some 10,000 street sweepers working in St. Petersburg, many of them low-paid migrants from Central Asia. (file photo)

Central Asian Migrants Sue Russian Employer Over Unpaid Wages

Dozens of street sweepers from Central Asia are combining forces to take their Russian employer to court over unpaid wages. More


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