Tuesday, April 28, 2015


A detail from Blue Monkey (above), which was so popular it was purchased before it could be featured in the annual winners' exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Rising Latvian Artist Says 'Holy Monkeys' Not Meant To Offend

Sergei Dyomin, one of the highest-earning artists in the Latvian capital, Riga, has built his fame around a singular motif -- re-creating Orthodox icons where the saints bear the faces of monkeys. Dyomin, an atheist, insists no disrespect is intended. More

Being unemployed for more than six months could become a crime in Russia, punishable by up to one year of "corrective labor."

Russia's Law Nursery: St. Petersburg Takes Lead In Steering Social Policy

Some St. Petersburg lawmakers want it to be a crime to be unemployed for more than six months. Russia's northern capital has in recent months become something of a nursery for legislative initiatives in social policy. More

A file photo shows Ukrainian servicemen with relatives on a railway platform at a station in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv in January.

'Men Return Completely Changed': Ukraine Conflict Fueling Surge In Domestic Violence

A Ukrainian group helping victims of domestic abuse says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to a dramatic upsurge in violence against women across the country. More

Russian volunteer fighter Bondo Dorovskikh and friends

'Cutthroats And Bandits': Volunteer's Stint With Ukraine Rebels Turns To Nightmare

A Russian businessman who spent six months alongside insurgents in eastern Ukraine returns with tales of looting, drinking, and murder. More

A resident weeps in the village of Shira following fires that swept the southern Siberian region of Khakasia earlier this month.

Russian Wildfire Relief Takes Backseat To Donbas Aid Convoys

As wildfires burn, leaving thousands homeless in Russia's Khakasia region in Siberia, activists say they are having difficulty getting donated aid to victims. More


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1915: The Crumbling Of An Empire, And The Massacre That Ensued

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