A Tu-154 over Washington: How Russia and the U.S. enhance cooperation
Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:41

A Russian spy plane was seen flying over Washington on Aug. 9. According to the Pentagon, the Tu-154 aircraft looked down from an altitude of one km above the White House. Was Moscow allowed to do this? Yes. In 2002 the Treaty of Open Skies was signed by 34 countries who agreed to let each member fly unarmed surveillance aircraft in one another’s a...

 
Reanimating Slavic gods: The man who breathes life into deities
Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:05

The Kalinin bridge, the location of a legendary fight of the Russian bogatyrs against Zmey Gorynych / Igor Ozhiganov

These stunning pictures of Slavic mythological characters were created by a Russian artist from Yoshkar-Ola in the Mari El Republic in Russia’s eastern reaches.

The sirin, a mythological creature with the head and chest of a...

 
Why did Russian officials order 70 fidget spinners?
Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:54

Fidget spinners are taking the world by storm at the moment. Everyone is obsessed with the little gadgets, from hipsters to...St.Petersburg officials. Yep, one of the city’s municipalities has officially ordered no less than 70 (just in case - they are rotating toys with a bearing in the center and small weights on three blades). The order was p...

 
Russians do not watch that much porn on the Metro – fact!
Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:08

WiFi is available and free underground / Pavel Golovkin/TASS

It’s something we know you’ve been dying to ask: Just how much porn do Russians watch on the subway? Thankfully, some people with no shortage of time on their hands conducted a study to find out the answer to this very pressing concern.

Russian Internet giant Yandex (still battling it out...

 
Game of Plenums: how Communist leaders fought over Stalin’s throne
Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:40

Joseph Stalin ruled the USSR longer than any other communist leader. His reign started with a triumph over rival party leaders following Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, and ended when he died of a stroke on March 5, 1953.

While he was alive, none among Stalin’s companions dared challenge his authority – everyone remembered the miserable fate of tho...

 
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