In 1938, Joseph Stalin commissioned the gadfly author Mikhail Bulgakov to write a play. The subject was to be the Soviet leader’s early years. A professional hangman couldn’t have fashioned a neater noose.
When Alexander Gan fled the demise of Soviet-era industry in Siberia’s Jewish Autonomous District in 2000, it was a swampy backwater seven time zones east of Moscow. A decade later, its border with resource-hungry China is bringing work with iron-ore, copper and coal producers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sochi will have to come up with its own funds to attract tourists after the Winter Olympics, urging locals to opt for a family friendly resort rather than a gambling hub.
After singing the Olympic Anthem to an audience of millions at the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, Russian diva Anna Netrebko urged visitors to look past slapdash accommodations and focus on the spirit of the event.
As Yuka Takeda sat down with members of Kazakhstan’s government earlier this year in the capital, Astana, to discuss poverty levels, the Japanese economist noticed a stark contrast with her experience back home.
President Barack Obama wants to see Edward Snowden clapped in irons and bound to the U.S. for a criminal trial. Two Norwegian politicians have a different fate in mind for Snowden: the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anthony Stidham, a 48-year-old third-generation rancher from Oklahoma, is at the forefront of President Vladimir Putin’s plan to cut Russia’s $3 billion annual bill as the world’s biggest beef importer.