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Daunted Afghans find refuge in former foe Russia (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW Aug 22, 2011

 

Signs in Dari decorate the creaky lifts of a Moscow hotel heaving with Afghan merchants and schoolchildren who have found refuge in a former foe. Although still haunted by the decade-long war in which 15,000 Soviet troops were killed, Russia has renewed interest in Afghanistan, quietly allowing the local Afghan community to thrive as a gesture of goodwill...READ MORE

Photo: Amie Ferris-Rotman

Russia's love affair with dill more than a sprinkle (Reuters)

 

BY ANNA ANDRIANOVA AND AMIE FERRIS-ROTMAN

MOSCOW  Jul 26, 2011

 

Sprinkled on almost every dish, grown by old ladies in their homes and boiled to combat sweating: the herb dill is a matter of Russian national pride...READ MORE

Photo: Ultrashock Images

Top Moscow club throws party for "coolest" Putin (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Mar 7, 2011

 

Bare-breasted women, celebrities and club promoters threw their support behind Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a lavish party for the country's paramount leader, a year before presidential elections...READ MORE

Photo: Studio Roosegaarde

Battle for alcohol in Muslim Russia is deadly business (Reuters)

 

NAZRAN  Feb 2, 2011

 

A masked guard clad in camouflage pokes his AK-47 rifle into the shoulder of a vodka-guzzling client in a hotel bar in Russia's Muslim Ingushetia region, and orders him to leave immediately...READ MORE

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Special report: In Russia, a glut of heroin and denial (Reuters)

 

TVER  Jan 25, 2011

 

In her one-room flat, as a small shelf of porcelain cats looks on and the smell of mold hangs in the air, Zoya pulls down the left shoulder of her black blouse and readies herself for her next hit...READ MORE

Photo: UrbanSeedEdu (Flickr)

"Deathly" silence fails to bury Tolstoy centenary (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Nov 30, 2010

 

The Russian Orthodox Church refused to rehabilitate him and the state chose to ignore him, but the official silence surrounding the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death has not muffled praise or quelled debate...READ MORE

Photo: Tschäff (Flickr)

Sharia law threatens Moscow control in Muslim Chechnya (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Aug 26, 2010

 

Aspects of sharia law imposed in Muslim Chechnya in recent months are inching the republic closer to autonomy and posing a renewed threat to Kremlin control, analysts say...READ MORE

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Suicide bomber spotlights Russia's Islamist battle (Reuters)

 

BY AMIE FERRIS-ROTMAN AND OLGA PETROVA

BALAKHANI  May 18, 2010

 

Rasul Magomedov identified his daughter after investigators showed him three photos of her detached head. It had blown off her body in the Moscow metro as she detonated explosives strapped to her waist...READ MORE

Photo: mpeake (Flickr)

Global jihad creeping into Russia's insurgency (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Mar 4, 2010

 

The Islamist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus region appears to be mutating from a grassroots separatist movement toward global jihad or holy war, whose goals, propaganda and patronage point abroad...READ MORE

Photo: Keith Bacongco

Muslim revival brings polygamy, camels to Chechnya (Reuters)

 

GROZNY  Dec 16, 2009

 

Adam, 52, keeps his three wives in different towns to stop them squabbling, but the white-bearded Chechen adds he might soon take a fourth...READ MORE

Photo: Neil and Kathy Carey (Flickr)

Russian Arctic tribe at risk from Yamal gas projects (Reuters)

 

67 N LATITUDE, 71 E LONGITUDE  Oct 6, 2009

 

The Nenets tribespeople of Russia's frozen Yamal peninsula have survived the age of the Tsars, the Bolshevik revolution and the chaotic 1990s, but now confront their biggest challenge -- under their fur-bundled feet is enough gas to heat the world for five years...READ MORE

Photo: NASA ICE

Russian lesbians denied country's first gay marriage (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  May 13, 2009

 

A lesbian couple challenged the Russian legal system on Tuesday when they applied for a marriage licence but it was swiftly rejected on the grounds that such a union must be between a woman and a man...READ MORE

Photo: Person Behind the Scenes (Flickr)

In crisis more Russian men want talk, not sex (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  May 3, 2009

 

A popular joke among Russian oligarchs has one telling another, "I have bad news, I have lost $5 billion." The second replies, 'Well I have lost $7 billion. But the good news is that whores are back to costing $100'...READ MORE

Photo: thisisbossi (Flickr)

Russia luxury down with a bump in 2009 (Reuters)

 

BY AMIE FERRIS-ROTMAN AND MARIA PLIS

MOSCOW  Mar 30, 2009

 

Kerchiefed women peddle fake designer handbags in front of the pitted Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney stores, whose signs have been scratched off by hand less than 18 months after their grand openings...READ MORE

Photo: ASGW (Flickr)

Kandinsky art prize plays with politics (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Nov 7, 2008

 

Faked photographs of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cavorting naked on a sofa with U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, a giant styrofoam throne and pins in rubber erasers are vying for Russia's top modern art award...READ MORE

Photo: Sharon Mollerus

Russia sees revival in film making (the International New York Times)

 

BY AMIE FERRIS-ROTMAN AND THOMAS PETER

SUZDAL  June 3, 2008

 

A gang of black-clad horsemen gallop past a line of gallows, splattering tufts of snow against frozen corpses. They are the "oprichniki," loyal henchmen of the 16th century Russian czar, Ivan the Terrible. Severed dogs' heads dangle from their saddles, a warning to the motherland's internal enemies...READ MORE

Photo: Vancouver Film School

Enter Russia's new first lady -- Svetlana Medvedeva (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Mar 5, 2008

 

A patron of Russian fashion, socialite and supporter of the arts, Svetlana Medvedeva is shaking off her air of mystery as she prepares to become Russia's first lady...READ MORE

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After years of isolation, Siberian town booms (the International New York Times)

 

TOMSK  Jan 7, 2008

 

Half a continent east of Moscow and sitting on a frozen swamp the size of France, the city of Tomsk has struggled economically since the Trans-Siberian Railroad passed it by at the end of the 19th century...READ MORE

Photo: Marc van der Chijs

No end in sight for Russian love affair with fur (Reuters)

 

MOSCOW  Dec 1, 2007

 

Under the leaden, snow-filled sky of the notorious Moscow winter, commuters rush to work, their heels teetering on ice, and almost every woman -- and a few men -- wear fur...

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