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A light installation shows the official logotype of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during its unveiling ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater building in Moscow in October 2014.

FIFA Urged To Take World Cup From Russia

Thirteen U.S. senators have written to FIFA, soccer's world governing body, urging the organization to replace Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup. More

Rosneft Settles With Yukos Shareholders

Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft says it has reached a settlement in a long-running dispute with shareholders of the now-defunct Yukos oil firm. More

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak

Russia: Ukraine Gas Deal 'Take Or Pay'

Russia's energy minister says his country has a "take or pay" deal for natural gas with Ukraine that, in the absence of any fresh agreement, comes into effect on April 1. More

Putin Creates State Agency To Oversee Ethnic Issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a federal agency to oversee ethnic issues in the huge, multiracial country. More

Zaur Dadayev, charged with the murder of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, sits inside a defendants' cage at the Basmanny district court in Moscow on March 8.

Chief Suspect In Nemtsov Killing Denies Guilt

The chief suspect in Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's killing has denied his guilt, saying he confessed under pressure and was not at the scene of the crime. More

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Latest Blog Posts

The Untouchables And The Expendables

Contract killings in Russia are solved only when the untouchable perpetrators become expendable. More

Young Ingush Official Dismissed Following Polygraph Test

In early March, the Republic of Ingushetia leadership proposed that candidates for government posts should voluntarily undergo a lie-detector test as a means of reducing the official corruption for which the region has become a byword. That initiative has already backfired, however. More
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Features & Commentary

'Just Give Us Our Freedom,' Says Wife Of Exiled Crimean Tatar Leader

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the long-time leader of the Crimean Tatars has been banned from the peninsula since Russia annexed the Ukrainian region in March 2014. But his wife, Safinar Dzhemileva, remains in Crimea and spoke recently to Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service.
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Ex-KGB Agent Kalugin: Putin Was 'Only A Major'

A former high-ranking KGB officer is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of falsifying his rank in the spy agency and using dirty tricks to derail a probe into sweeping Kremlin corruption.
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Western Scholars Alarmed By Russian Deportations, Fines

At least four Western scholars in Russia have been deported, fined, or threatened with these penalties over the past year due to alleged visa violations, unnerving many U.S. and European academics whose career advancement often depends on access to Russian archives.
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Crimean Tatar TV Counts Minutes To Impending Shutdown

The only Crimean Tatar television channel in Crimea could be closed down on April 1 if it's not able to register with the Russian government. Locals see the pressure against ATR television as part of a broader campaign of intimidation against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied Crimea last year.
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New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.
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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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