Russian senator says Macron’s Frexit idea is attempt to attract voters
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:47

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s statement that France could leave the EU is an attempt to bring voters on his side, Russian senator Franz Klintsevich told reporters on May 1.

"Certainly, the EU has problems and they are very serious. But in this case, by admitting the possibility of France’s exit from the EU if it fails to carry out ...

 
Biting the bullet: How military service was avoided in Imperial Russia
Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

'A recruit' by Ivan Repin (1879). / Source: Russian Museum'A recruit' by Ivan Repin (1879). / Source: Russian Museum

Conscription of young Russian men for lifetime service began in 1699 during the rule of Peter the Great. The goal was to establish a standing army and increase its size for the emperor's many military campaigns. During the reign of Nicholas I, in the second quarter of the 19th century, the p...

 
17 people remain in Bangkok hospital after Aeroflot plane’s incident
Sunday, 30 April 2017 22:16

Some 17 people, including 15 Russians, remain in hospital in Thailand’s capital Bangkok after an incident with a plane of Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot that hit an air pocket, a Russian diplomat said.

The plane, on flight SU 270 from Moscow to Bangkok, was struck with turbulence some 40 minutes before landing.

"Currently, 17 people remain...

 
Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living
Sunday, 30 April 2017 21:00

1. Free Wi-Fi for all passengers

Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban livingThe Soyuzmultfilm train. / Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moskva Agency

Muscovites can no longer imagine urban life without free wireless Internet on the metro. In fact, Wi-Fi has been available on the city's underground transportation system since 2013, but now it has merged into a single network with a similar system on publ...

 
Informal economy in Russia grows to record levels
Sunday, 30 April 2017 20:00

Twenty-six-year-old Muscovite Maxim Krylov used to earn extra money driving a taxi at night. But with the rise of the Uber and Yandex.taxi apps two years ago he started working as a taxi driver full-time. "Before, I would wait around for hours for an order, but now there's no dead time – the orders are coming in non-stop. I can drive around my n...

 
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