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Landing At Pushkin: Putin Decree Assigns Russian Airports The Names Of Cultural Figures

May 31, 2019           |                                       

It’s already pretty hard to travel to Russia without hearing the name of the beloved 19th-century poet Aleksandr Pushkin. Now it may be impossible, if you fly into Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree attaching the names of historical figures to dozens of airports across Russia, from Moscow to Magadan. Under the decree […]

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Moscow Intellectuals, Dissidents Rally Around Gulag Historian Facing Trial

May 30, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW — Prominent Russian intellectuals and Soviet-era dissidents have attended an event to support gulag researcher and historian Yury Dmitriyev, who is on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, a charge he and his supporters vehemently deny as politically motivated. Rock musician Andrei Makarevich, writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, actors Chulpan Khamatova, Lia Akhedzhakova, and […]

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Uzbekistan Praised For Curtailing Forced Labor In Cotton Harvest. Activists Say Not So Fast.

April 4, 2019           |                                       

In Uzbekistan, it’s called white gold — cotton, one of the country’s most important cash-crop exports. For decades, hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks have been forced to do the annual backbreaking work of harvesting the crop. Last year, according to the International Labor Organization, around 170,000 people were forced to pick cotton, a sizable number […]

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Russian Nobel Prize Winner Alferov Dies At Age 88

March 2, 2019           |                                       

Zhores Alferov, a Russian scientist who won a Nobel prize in physics, has died, Russian news agencies reported on March 2. He was 88. His wife confirmed his passing. No cause of death was disclosed. The physicist was also a Communist deputy in the lower house of parliament. Alferov shared the Nobel prize for physics […]

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Russian Church Fires Back After St. Petersburg Choir Draws A Nuclear Bead On Washington

February 26, 2019           |                                       

A choral reinterpretation of a Cold War ditty depicting a Russian nuclear attack on Washington has variously drawn wild cheers, contrition, and ridicule for its glib message amid mounting nuclear tensions between Russia and the West. The St. Petersburg Concert Choir capped its appearance in that northern capital’s main cathedral on Defenders of the Fatherland […]

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'Half-Naked and Barefoot:' Chechens, Ingush Recall 1944 Deportations

February 26, 2019           |                                       

In February 1944, the regime of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin started forcibly deporting nearly half a million people from the Caucasus region to Central Asia. Many did not survive the transports. Seventy-five years later, survivors who remain in Kazakhstan spoke to Current Time about the lasting trauma of being torn from their homes and families.

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Muscovites Slam Flawed New Flats

February 15, 2019           |                                       

Some residents of condemned Soviet-era housing blocks in the Kuntsevo district of Moscow — known as “Khrushchyovka” after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev — have been waiting 10 years to relocate. But many are now reluctant to move in to new apartments because of what they say are major flaws.

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A Temple To Space In A Ukrainian Church

February 11, 2019           |                                       

The “Space Museum” in the small Ukrainian town of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy is housed in a 19th-century Orthodox church. It’s one of many buildings that were repurposed or destroyed as part of an antireligion campaign during the Soviet era. It now houses artifacts including a lunar rover.

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Tajik Authorities Give Cinematic Intimacy The Cold Shoulder

January 19, 2019           |                                       

Tajik state television has ordered that even the most innocent of love scenes be edited from films before they are broadcast to ensure they are in line with Tajik culture and values. In line to be censored are kissing, hugging, and movements that suggest a couple is having sex. Officials say the move is part […]

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Hundreds Protest In Sakhalin Against Any Transfer Of Nearby Kurile Islands

January 19, 2019           |                                       

Hundreds have demonstrated on Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East to protest against any potential transfer to Japan of any of the islands from the disputed Kurile Islands. According to the Siberia Desk or RFE/RL’s Russian Service, some 300 people turned out for the unsanctioned event on January 19 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the regional administrative center. One […]

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Once Upon A Handout: Russian Fairy Tales Accused Of Teaching Kids To Freeload

January 17, 2019           |                                       

Children in Russia may be spooked by the witches and other dark characters in some of the country’s fairy tales, but a senior Central Bank official sees something even more sinister. Russian fairy tales are teaching kids to expect “handouts” and that laziness pays, argues Sergei Shvetsov, first deputy governor of the bank. Alluding to […]

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