Friday, August 22, 2014


A worker takes a selfie as he stands with a Ukrainian flag on a Soviet-style star in Moscow on August 20.

Moscow Skyscraper Stunt Sparks Memes, Suspicion, And Confusion

Ever since a prankster adorned a skyscraper in downtown Moscow in Ukraine's national colors, blue and yellow have been popping up all over the Russian Internet -- raised suspicions over all things yellow and blue in the capital. More

Natalya Dyomina, a cystic-fibrosis sufferer in Moscow, says the U.S.-made supplements she takes "are life-saving, they should not be subjected to any sanctions."

Cystic-Fibrosis Patients Relieved As Russia Lifts Ban On Life-Saving Product

Russians suffering from cystic fibrosis are breathing a sigh a relief after their country lifted its ban on special food supplements, vital to the survival of many patients. More

When Russian economist Sergei Guriyev left Moscow in April 2013, he said: "I left because I don't want to sit in jail. And I see that there is a sufficient risk that I end up in prison."

Interview: Economist Says Food Ban 'Certainly Against Russian Economic Interests'

Sergei Guriyev, former dean of the prestigious New Economics School in Moscow who left Russia in 2013 amid a crackdown on critics of the Kremlin, discusses Russia's ban on Western food imports and the dangers protectionist policies pose for the country's economic growth. More

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'Russian' Produce Often Has Western Origins, Says Grocery Magnate

The founder of one of Russia's largest grocery chains says that to produce "local" foodstuffs Western goods are often necessary -- a fact that is already leading to at least some backtracking on food sanctions by Russian officials. More

The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) to Kyiv this weekend has raised hopes that she may be able to help Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko strike a deal that would end the Ukraine crisis. (file photo)

Five Reasons Why This Weekend Might Be The Start Of The Endgame In Ukraine

Germany's Angela Merkel heads to Kyiv on August 23. And even while doubts remain about the Kremlin's willingness to make a deal, there's reason to hope a resolution to the Ukraine conflict may finally be at hand. More


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Many Muscovites are scratching their heads -- and gritting their teeth -- over a decision by Russia's consumer watchdog to temporarily close at least three McDonald's restaurants in the capital. Among them is the first-ever McDonald's in Moscow, the iconic restaurant on Pushkin Square, which first opened 25 years ago.
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Explainer: Moscow's Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

Moscow's ban on food imports isn't just punishing the West for sanctions, it is also punishing Russian consumers with higher prices. We look at how the bans hurt Russians most.
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Video U.S. Army Vet Killed Fighting Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine

Mark Paslawsky, a U.S. citizen from New Jersey, has been killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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'The Hardest Part Is I Can't See You' -- Azeri Activist's Prison Letter To Jailed Husband

With her health reportedly deteriorating, detained Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus has penned an open letter to her husband -- who himself was arrested and charged with treason shortly after her.
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Video Chaos In Kerch: Russia Struggles To Ferry Tourists To Crimea

Moscow says it is eager to get Russian holidaymakers to the recently annexed Crimean peninsula. But the flood of tourists has proven too much for the Kerch ferry crossing, the only link between Crimea and Russia.
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Maids, Crooks, And Working Girls: How Hollywood Portrays Ukraine

Ever wonder how Western popular culture tends to depict Ukrainians? One Kyiv filmmaker has assembled a compilation of dozens of film and TV references to Ukraine -- and the results aren't pretty.
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Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

One of Iran’s most prominent poets, Simin Behbahani, has died in Tehran, where she had been hospitalized since August 6.
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'When Are You Going Back?' Afghanistan's Sikhs, Strangers In Their Own Land

The discovery of some three dozen Afghan Sikh migrants in a British-bound shipping container has put the spotlight on Afghanistan's tiny Sikh minority, who often feel alienated in their own country.
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Iran Lawmakers Urge Ministry To Condemn 'Rights Abuses' In Riot-Hit U.S. Town

Iranian hard-liners hostile to the United States are using the unrest in Missouri to bash Washington and get back at the United States for criticism of the human rights situation in the Islamic republic.
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It Takes A Village To Find Ramzan Kadyrov's Phone

When Ramzan Kadyrov misplaces his cell phone, there's hell to pay. After the Chechen strongman reportedly lost his mobile at a museum opening, police are said to have held hundreds of people in an effort to locate it.
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