Monday, May 25, 2015


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Russian 'Undesirables' Include Amnesty, HRW

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reported to be among organizations in Russia named to a first proposed list of "undesirable organizations." More

Germany Protests Russia Merkel Ally Decision

Germany has protested Russia's decision to turn away an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel. More

U.S., Europe Hold Arctic Exercise

About 100 fighter jets and 4,000 personnel from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on May 25. More

Polish President-elect Andrzej Duda

Moscow Wants 'Constructive' Poland Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 25 called for "constructive ties" with Poland as he congratulated conservative Andrzej Duda on his surprise presidential victory. More

Elmar Mammadyarov (file photo)

Russian, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers To Hold Talks

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is in Moscow where he will hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. More

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Video The Daily Vertical: Death Of A Rebel

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. More

Audio Briefing: Endgame Diplomacy

The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday. More
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Features & Commentary

Russia Could Use Prison Labor For 2018 World Cup

The State Duma proposal has been endorsed by Federal Penitentiary Service officials, while the Russian opposition protests that the initiative has echoes of Josef Stalin's gulag economy.
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'Baptism By Troll' As Patriarch Kirill Opens VK Social Networking Page

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church joined social-networking site Vkontakte to connect with the public, but the launch of his own personal page was marred by trolls who swamped it with derogatory comments.
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Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles

Chechnya's strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov has displayed an increasingly mercurial public persona in recent months amid heightened tensions between him and officials in Moscow.
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Sports Reporter On FIFA Corruption Allegations: 'Only Tip Of The Iceberg'

Accusations of shady practices in the ranks of world soccer's governing body are flying ahead of FIFA's upcoming vote for a new president, with one leading contender dropping out of the race this week to protest the "dictatorship" established by long-standing President Sepp Blatter.
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News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

The EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga has revealed a new split in Europe that divides the European Union's six "eastern partners" themselves.
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Photogallery U.S. Photographer Travels The 'White Road'

"White road" -- the words offered to travelers throughout much of Central Asia as they embark upon a journey. American <strong><a href="http://www.ivansigal.net" target="_blank">Ivan Sigal</a></strong>, 43, was bid "white road" countless times between 1998 and 2005, as he and his camera crisscrossed the steppe. He knew the region well, having worked for years to help design and establish local media outlets in the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan. Thousands of photos later, the result is an ambitious project of the same name, as black-and-white images from the Central Asian republics, Russia, and Afghanistan are coupled with a travelogue written in stream-of-consciousness style. The viewer finds scenes of joy, scenes of gloom, and the shades in between that make this presentation of the region, as least as far as Sigal is concerned, a metaphor "about living." (12 PHOTOS)

Video A Day In The Life Of An Adoptive Family

Ileshea and Arthur Stowe adopted Mishka, an orphan from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, four years ago. Mishka is now 5 years old and lives with his parents and their two other children, 11-year-old Mary Claire and 9-year-old Michael, in Maine. Families like the Stowes have been thrust into the spotlight in recent months as Russia imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens, effective from the beginning of the year. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked Ileshea Stowe to describe an ordinary day with Mishka.


Photogallery Soviet Tourism Posters Of The 1930s

Intourist, the Soviet travel agency, was established in 1929 to attract foreign visitors to the U.S.S.R. Using the classic elements of early communist graphic design, Intourist managed to entice tens of thousands of foreigners (many from the United States) to special tourist sites set up for them in the Soviet Union.

Video Russian Orphan Joins U.S. Family Amid Adoption Ban

Denis, a 3-year-old Russian boy, has joined his new adoptive parents from the United States. He is one of the last Russian orphans to go to an American family after a new law banning U.S. adoptions was signed by President Vladimir Putin.


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