Hermitage faces outcry over installations featuring dead animals
Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:34

An exhibition featuring installations by the Belgian artist and theater director Jan Fabre at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg has provoked an outcry from both human rights activists and art lovers. The exhibition, entitled “Jan Fabre: Knight of Despair, Warrior of Beauty,” feature effigies of dead animals in installations with names such as ...

Launch of Proton rocket carrying US satellite postponed
Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:13

The launch of the Russian Proton-M carrier rocket due to deliver the US EchoStar-21 satellite into orbit, has been rescheduled from November to December, International Launch Services, which operates Proton international launches, announced on its official website on Nov. 21.

"The new launch date is December 2016," the website says.

The reasons for...

The first Romanov political exile: How Peter the Great's son fled Russia
Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:04

Russia's first emperor Peter the Great was famous not only for his wars, radical reforms and the construction of the new capital, St. Petersburg, but also for his temper. He worked tirelessly, demanding the same from his comrades, and he was terrifying when he was angry: Not only was he capable of beating anyone who irritated him, he could also...

Pitfalls as well as profit: Why Trump rule will also be a risk for Russia
Sunday, 20 November 2016 19:56

Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election has sent everyone into a stupor. Russia, on the contrary, is in a state of joyful excitement. Which is understandable, given the nature of the campaign in America – the Democrats themselves kept saying that a Trump victory would be a victory for Putin.

However, the real prospects – not so m...

Will the Russia-Japan “tug-of-peace” yield any results?
Sunday, 20 November 2016 19:50

In mid-December, the leaders of Russia and Japan will hold an informal summit that is bound to discuss the 70-year old Southern Kuril Island territorial dispute and a related package of economic cooperation. While the meeting has been hailed by the Russian and Japanese media as historical chance and, indeed, a lot is at stake for both sides in...

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