Wednesday, September 03, 2014


ITAR-TASS Looks Ahead By Traveling Back To Soviet-Era Name

Russia's state news agency, ITAR-TASS, has rebranded itself, not by moving forward with something new but by traveling back to something old: its Soviet-era name, TASS. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) is surrounded by admirers as he attends the Seliger youth camp on August 29.

'Why Criticize?' Putin, Lavrov Meet Russia's Admiring Young Elite

If Russian officials seek unconditional support for anything from policy to fashion sense, they need not look farther than the Seliger youth camp. The Kremlin-sponsored camp, some 350 kilometers northwest of Moscow, annually hosts thousands of politically minded young people -- aged between 11 and 30 -- ostensibly to discuss ideas for Russia's future. But debate is not really on the agenda. More

Iryna Dovhan's public humiliation in Donetsk sparked outrage in Ukraine and around the world.

Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists

After enduring a night of beatings at the hands of rebel forces, she was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, forced to stand at a Donetsk intersection, and subjected to public humiliation and physical attacks. Irina Dovgan, a woman detained and accused by pro-Russian separatists of spying for Ukrainian forces, tells her story. More

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) gave  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn a state award in 2007 for his humanitarian work.

Is Putin 'Rebuilding Russia' According To Solzhenitsyn's Design?

In recent remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to call into question Kazakhstan's legitimacy as a country, comments that echoed statements he made before the current crisis in Ukraine. His geopolitical vision for a "greater Russia" reminds some of a 1990 essay by Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. More

Iranian editor and journalist Shahla Sherkat (file photo)

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

Prominent Iranian female editor Shahla Sherkat has come under pressure by Iranian hard-liners over her recently launched publication devoted to women's issues. More

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