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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
Book Picks - Government
Book Picks - Government

Editor's picks of books about Russia's government.

Tags: russia, russian government, books
Tunguska Event
Tunguska Event

What fell from the sky ninety years ago in a remote region of Siberia? Was it the beginning of a pattern of events leading to the doomsday prediction of the future?

Tags: russia, siberia, tunguska
Weather Across Russia
Weather Across Russia

Check current conditions and forecasts for several Russian cities.

Tags: weather, forecasts, russia
Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

The author of the Old Testament Trinityicon; his life and other works.

Tags: rublev, icons, trinity, orthodox church
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Russian Trivia Quiz 2
Tags: russian, history, quiz
The Calendar Issue
The Calendar Issue

A brief look at the often time confusing issue of the 'old' and 'new' calendars used by Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. This article contains links to indepth and more technical material on the subject.

Tags: russian calendar, julian, gregorian
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Do you think the Cold War was over? Existing tensions between Russia and the U.S. regarding missile defense and NATO expansion are increasing. Is it possible for both to protect their interests against perceived threats without becoming a threat to each other?(originally published Feb. 2001)

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense, putin, bush
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Part II looks at the concern many have for a 'new' cold war.

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense, putin, bush
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense
ABM, NMD - Alphabet Soup of Defense

Part III - some thoughts on Russia-US relations.

Tags: abm treaty, missile defense
Russian Pascha
Russian Pascha

Easter is the most important celebration of the Russian Orthodox Church. Find out what constitutes a traditional Pascha meal and read the Patriarch's message.

Tags: russia, pascha, easter
Old Hymn, New Words
Old Hymn, New Words

The 'old' Soviet Hymn is now the official anthem of the Russian Federation, minus the original lyrics. New lyrics have been approved by Pres. Putin; read them and listen to the Anthem here.

Tags: national anthem, russia
Russian Ladies in Space
Russian Ladies in Space

Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Svitskaya made history when they were the first woman in space and first woman to walk in space, respectfully. Elena V. Kondakova represents the new age of Russian Federation cosmonauts as a member of the US/Russian STS-84 crew.

Tags: space women, soviet union, tereshkova, svitskaya
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde
Russian Ladies of the Avant-garde

Set against the backdrop of revolution and civil war the Avant-garde period in Russia was very dynamic. In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we take a look at the lives and works of six very special Avant-garde artists.

Tags: avant garde, women, art