Also by Kristyna Foltynova
June 21, 2023
The Soviet Blockade And The Berlin Airlift, 75 Years Later
Seventy-five years ago – on June 24, 1948 – the Soviet Union began its 11-month blockade of Berlin. Moscow cut off road, rail, and water access to its Western sector. Food and electricity would soon run out. The Allies began a massive undertaking that would become known as the Berlin Airlift.
December 24, 2022
Protecting The Skies: How Does Ukraine Defend Against Russian Missiles?
Over the past several months, Russia has launched multiple waves of missiles and drone attacks across Ukraine. The heaviest attack so far came on November 15, when more than 100 missiles targeted a dozen cities and districts, as well as the country’s critical energy infrastructure.
October 25, 2022
Will New Pipelines Get Russian Oil To Serbia?
In less than two months, the European Union is expected to cut about 90 percent of oil imports from Russia as a part of sanctions on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. While Serbia has not joined these sanctions, this measure will likely have an impact on its oil supplies as well.
October 13, 2022
Closing Doors: How Europe Is Restricting Russians From Traveling
The EU last month fully suspended its visa-facilitation agreement with Russia as part of sanctions imposed due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Travel to the EU thus became more difficult and costly for Russian tourists. Let's look at what the data tells us about Russians traveling to Europe.
September 01, 2022
Russia's Stranglehold On The World's Nuclear Power Cycle
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, several packages of sanctions targeting Russia’s lucrative energy industry (mostly oil, gas, and coal) have been introduced by the United States, the European Union, and other Western nations.
December 08, 2021
How Have The Lives Of Russians Changed Since 1991? Take A Guess!
In 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, the average Russian got married between the ages of 18 and 24, had one or two children, and was expected to live to the age of 69. How have the lives of Russians changed since then?
October 29, 2021
Weapon Of Last Resort: How The Soviet Union Developed The World's Most Powerful Bomb
On October 30, 1961, the Soviet Union tested the largest nuclear device ever created. The "Tsar Bomba," as it became known, was 10 times more powerful than all the munitions used during World War II.
October 03, 2021
The Undoing Of The U.S.S.R.: How It Happened
On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Its collapse was gradual and, some would say, even inevitable. Here are some major milestones in the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., which put 15 new countries on the map.
June 23, 2021
Russia Flexes Its Regional Muscle As Arctic Ice Melts
Due to climate change, the Arctic is becoming more accessible and therefore more attractive for the countries that encircle it. Which countries have claimed parts of the Arctic? What do they need to enforce these claims? And what does Russia hope to achieve in the region?
May 21, 2021
Anatomy Of A Hunger Strike: Why Is It Done And What Does It Do To The Human Body?
Why do protesters put their lives in danger and use hunger strikes as a form of protest? What happens to the human body when it doesn't have enough nutrients for such a long period of time? And what sparked the first major hunger strike believed to have been held in Russia?
April 28, 2021
What Barriers Do Journalists Still Face?
May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day. So what is the state of press freedom around the world? What barriers do journalists still face? And what do people in different countries think about the restrictions and liberties they are confronted with every day?
April 13, 2021
The Rocky Road To Gender Equality: Are Women Better Off Now Than In 1970?
Over the past few decades, many countries have made reforms toward greater gender equality, but despite this progress, women still face regulations that restrict their economic opportunities. Let's have a look at what has changed from 1970 till today.
March 15, 2021
5 Things To Know About The Jehovah's Witnesses In Russia
Since being outlawed by Russia as "extremist" in 2017, more than 50 Jehovah's Witnesses have been imprisoned in Russia and the occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea for up to 7 1/2 years. Here's what you need to know about the challenges facing the denomination, which has about 8 million followers wor
March 04, 2021
Sputnik V: The Story Of Russia's Controversial COVID-19 Vaccine
Despite serious concerns by experts that Russia's Sputnik V vaccine was rushed out without the necessary trials, more than 40 countries have so far decided to put their faith in it and, to varying degrees, have approved it for use. Here's what you need to know about it.
January 20, 2021
We See You! How Russia Has Expanded Its Video-Surveillance System
In 2020, Russia ranked third in the world in terms of the number of CCTV cameras on its territory. The country also invested millions of dollars in facial-recognition software and launched one of the world's most comprehensive surveillance systems in Moscow. While authorities say this will increase
December 30, 2020
Mad Maps: Kaliningrad: The Tiny Russian 'Ham' Inside An EU 'Sandwich'
Seventy-five years have passed since the German city of Koenigsberg and its surrounding area became Kaliningrad, now an odd piece of Russia disconnected from the rest of the country. So how did a German region become a Russian exclave? And what role does it play for Russia today?