The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan signed a convention
on the legal status and delimitation of the Caspian Sea.
According to a Levada poll, Russians’ opinions of the United States and European Union have significantly improved during the last month.
Czechs are way out in front when it comes to beer consumption.
Iceland, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan are the strictest in Europe and Central Asia, respectively, when it comes to the legal age to buy alcohol.
A recent report reveals that only 38% of Russians agree that everyone in the country enjoys the same basic human rights.
Forty-one percent of Russians say it is quite likely that people might hold a mass demonstration against declining living standards or in defense of their rights.
A recent Levada poll shows Putin’s approval rate has sharply declined over the past
few months. And it hasn’t been this low since 2013.
Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and Canada own the largest proved oil reserves in the world.
The subsistence level -- the amount of income officially recognized as necessary to survive -- is more than twice as high in Russia as it is in Ukraine.
The second total lunar eclipse of 2018, on July 27-28, will be most visible in Eastern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest of the 21st century.
40.3 million people worldwide work under forced-labor conditions, live in a forced marriage, or experience another form of modern slavery.
With the prevalence of HIV at almost 1%, Russia has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world, according to the UN. In Moscow, 20.4% more new infections were detected in 2017 than in 2016.