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Space Race II?
Space Race II?

On the 45th anniversary of the first manned space flight, Russia lays out an ambitious space plan.

Tags: space, nasa, energia, baikonur
White Ribbon Victory
White Ribbon Victory

Do recent nationwide demonstrations in Russia signal a new faith in public action to foment political change?

Tags: shcherbinsky, barnaul, politics, blat
Byzantine Catholic Church in Russia

Examination of the history of this Christian tradition, which is in full communion with the Church of Rome.

Tags: religion, byzantine catholic
Jarkov Mammoth

Finding the remains of the prehistoric giant mammoth in the far reaches of northern Siberia is not an unusual occurrence. Bones and tusks reveal themselves when the permafrost thaws. However, the discovery of an intact mammoth is something for scientists to get excited about.

Tags: siberia, wooly mammoth
What a difference a friend makes

Today, Roman Abramovich is $13 billion richer, thanks to a lucrative sell-off of his oil company, Sibneft. The very fine linked Bloomberg article contrasts Abramovich's fate nicely with that of Mikhail Khodorokovsky, a similarly enriched oil magnate and oligarch, but one who did not play by "the rules."

Moral of the story: it pays to have friends in high places in Russia. Well, only if, instead of sitting in a Moscow prison cell, you would rather be governor of a ma

Book Picks - Health
Book Picks - Health

Editor's choice of books concerning Russia's health.

Tags: books, russia, health
Does Russia Matter?
Does Russia Matter?

Just how important is Russia in the world?

Tags: Environment
Winner Take All
Winner Take All

From rather inauspicious origins in the Ural mountains, Konstantin Tszyu has gone on to become the world's greatest boxer in his weight class. But he has never lost his perspective.

Tags: boxing, tszyu, sports
Russia and Belarus
Russia and Belarus

Background and current information regarding the Russia - Belarus merger and why the former Soviet state is of importance to Russia.

Tags: russia, belarus, merger
2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Winter Olympics

Olympics news, TV schedules, events, medals and more.

Tags: olympics, news, athletes, medals
Pres. Putin's Response to US ABM Withdrawal
Pres. Putin's Response to US ABM Withdrawal

Complete English text of President Putin's official response to the December 13, 2001, announcement of the withdrawal from the ABM Treaty by the US.

Tags: russia, putin, ABM, speech
Nazi-Soviet Pact and Barbarossa
Nazi-Soviet Pact and Barbarossa

Germany's efforts to occupy the Soviet Union during WWII and executions of thousands of Jews on Russian soil.

Tags: barbarossa, WWII, nazis, stalin
Russia and the Olympics
Russia and the Olympics

Russia and the politics of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Also, list of Russian 2002 Olympic hopefuls by sport.

Tags: russia, olympics, soviet union
Political Trade Offs
Political Trade Offs

Russia deserves concessions from the US in return for its support regarding Afghanistan and other issues.  Should Putin have secured this political payments up front?  What, if anything, will he take home from the November summit?

Tags: bush, putin, abm, nmd
Creation of the Comintern
Creation of the Comintern

In 1919, after two failed Socialist Internationals, Lenin decided that there was a need for a new organization to bring solidarity among the working class; the Communist International was born.

Tags: comintern, soviet era, lenin
Orthodox Christian Canonization
Orthodox Christian Canonization

Canonization, in the Orthodox Church, is different from sainthood in the Catholic Church. Learn how and why individuals are added to the canon and the role this plays in Orthodox spirituality.

Tags: canonization, Orthodoxy, religion, ikons
Origins of the Slavic Cross
Origins of the Slavic Cross

The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity, thanks to Constantine. The Slavic Cross is unique in that it has three, not one, crossbars. Learn the rich symbology of this symbol.

Tags: slavic, cross, orthdoxy
Book Picks - Russian Orthodox Christianity
Book Picks - Russian Orthodox Christianity

Editor's choice of books about Russian Orthodox Christianity.

Tags: books, religion, orthodox
Soviet Foreign Policy
Soviet Foreign Policy

A series of articles which deal with Soviet foreign policy. In Part One, we make our way through a series of treaties, pacts and secret alliances during the years leading up to WWII and Germany's attack on Russia.

Tags: stalin, soviet union, politics
Christ the Savior Cathedral & Romanov Canonization
Christ the Savior Cathedral & Romanov Canonization

The Russian Orthodox Church Council of Bishops voted in favor of canonization of Tsar Nicholas II and family on August 14, 2000.  The ceremony was held in the newly concecrated Christ the Savior Cathedral on Aug. 20.  The cornerstone of the cathedral was placed on Christmas, January 7, 1995.

Tags: orthodox, cathedral, romanov, canonization