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U.S. Should Spurn Russian Rockets Despite SpaceX Failure, McCain Says

The failure of a SpaceX rocket over the weekend should not prompt U.S. officials to consider purchasing Russian-made rockets again to get military equipment into space, a top lawmaker said June 29. More

U.S. Export Bank, Expiring June 30, May Be Revived In Senate Vote

The supporters of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have enough votes in the Senate to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said June 29. More

Putin Reiterates Russia's Support To Syrian Regime

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia's "policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership, and the Syrian people remains unchanged." More

Russia Expresses Support To Greece

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed hope that Brussels will avoid "negative scenarios" over Greece. More

Putin, Berlusconi Spend Weekend In Siberia

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the Russian president and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have spent the weekend together in Siberia. More

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Putin's Godfather

Without Yevgeny Primakov, there probably never would have been a Vladimir Putin. More

Video The Daily Vertical: Absurdity, Intolerance, Bravado

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
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Russia Splutters As U.S. Goes 'Gay'

Its greatest adversary has legalized same-sex marriages, and Russia doesn't quite know how to react to the United States' 'gayification' movement.
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Surviving The Siege, Only To Die Of Neglect

Samiya Khalikova survived the siege of Leningrad and the Soviet-era repressions that decimated her family. But when she recently collapsed in her flat, it took authorities two days to open the door.
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Muscovites Fight To Save Park From New Church

Angry residents say the Russian Orthodox Church pulled a fast one as part of its push to build 200 new churches in Moscow, and are waging a pitched battle to keep their park.
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Video Armenian Protesters Chafe At Comparisons To EuroMaidan

Many observers in Russia and the West are comparing the ongoing Armenian protests against rising electricity prices to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. But spokespeople in Yerevan are resisting this attempt to broaden the framing of their project.
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Estonian Defense Chief: NATO Must 'Neutralize' Putin's Perceived Advantage

Estonia's defense chief has welcomed the U.S. decision to preposition military equipment in the Baltics and other countries on the eastern edge of the alliance, saying that a strong presence is required to diminish the potential threat of a Russian attack.
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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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