Iranian Women Take on Stadium Ban Back Home at Russia’s World Cup

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The presence of Iranian female fans in stadiums across Russia is a tense subject back home. Pilar Olivares / Reuters Having last recorded a World Cup victory in 1998, the thousands of Iranian fans who have traveled to Russia to get behind their team are cheering more in hope than expectation. But for the Iranian women Read More

Street Artist Banksy Finally Comes to Moscow

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The first solo exhibition of works by Banksy in Moscow has finally opened at the Central House of Artists.  Banksy is an enigmatic street artist from the U.K. who has never been seen in public or revealed his identity. He rose to fame in early 2000s after several provocative and subversive performances and became known Read More

The Dacha Diaries: At the Grill

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Cracking the shashlyk code Open the dacha season with a feast Sophia Miroedova Dacha season is upon us and the countryside beckons us with the enticing acrid smell of smoke from the wood burning open fire. Summers spent outside the city in a wooden dacha are an integral part of the rhythm of Russian life, Read More

Russia Sets Record for Millionaires, Report Finds

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Despite a lackluster economic growth rate, Russia has set a new worldwide record for growth in the number of dollar millionaires, according to the latest global wealth report. Russia had the world’s fastest-growing number of dollar millionaires in 2016, ranking 15th globally, the consulting company Capgemini said in its annual World Wealth Report. Polls of ordinary Russians Read More

Kremlin Rejects Pleas to Pardon Sentsov

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The Kremlin said it will not intervene to pardon jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike for a month and one week seeking the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. Sentsov is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia on charges of plotting terrorist attacks in the Crimean peninsula annexed by Read More

Glitz and Gossip at the Bakhrushin Theater Museum

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Viacheslav Vasilev & Marie Lipikhina Alexei Bakhrushin was widely known in early 20th century Moscow for his collection of theater objects. With over 1.5 million individual items, ranging from entire costumes to ordinary paper fans, his collection is probably best described as a “hoard.” Large though it may be, the collection is filled with treasures Read More

‘New Flight to Solaris’ Lands in Italy

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The cultural relationship between Russia and Italy is stronger than ever. The latest proof of rich cultural exchanges is a new joint project that just opened in Florence. “The New Flight to Solaris” associatively connects the film by Andrei Tarkovsky with works of painting, drawings and sculptures of Soviet non-conformist artists. This “spaceship” of art Read More

Fan Braves Stormy Seas, Stormier Politics to Reach World Cup

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English football fan Graham Kentsley’s boat is seen in a pier in Volgograd / Reuters Fewer England fans made the journey to watch their team’s first World Cup match in Russia than some expected, but one made a special effort, sailing from Bulgaria to Volgograd on a yacht. It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St. Read More

Taxi Driver in Moscow Run-In Apologizes, Says He Confused Pedals

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A Kyrgyz taxi driver who drove his car into pedestrians near the Kremlin told a Moscow court on Monday he had mixed up the accelerator and brake pedals because he had not slept for two days before the accident on Saturday. The driver, Chingiz Anarbek, said he understood his guilt and apologized for injuring people. Read More

Unusual Tours and New Perspectives

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Travel guides offer imaginative packages and fresh ways to see Russia RUSSIAN HERITAGE RAILWAYS Collapsing churches, forgotten railway tracks overgrown with grass, abandoned factories and warehouses, monstrous and dilapidated Soviet apartment blocks, derelict ruins — all are part of a not-so-distant past that many Russians are happy to forget. These things are ugly, the thinking Read More