Many of the Moscow apartment buildings slated for demolition are indeed dilapidated. But residents may be moved to replacements far from their old homes – and the prime real estate they vacate could mean big profit for developers.
Despite Trump's warm words about Putin during his presidential campaign, the Kremlin has found little common ground with the new administration – and little indication that the US has a coherent plan in Syria or elsewhere.
The Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at a Syrian air base were a clear message to Assad from President Trump that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated. They did not signal support for regime change.
Though Russia has been dealing with terrorism for many years, it has mostly been rooted in domestic conflicts in the Caucasus. But Monday's deadly bombing of a St. Petersburg metro seems likely linked to Russia's involvement in Syria's civil war.
The Great Russian Encyclopedia is heir to – and corrects the flaws of – the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, last published in the 1970s. It may also be the last general-knowledge encyclopedia of its kind to be put to paper.
Slated to be one of the host sites for the 2018 World Cup, Krestovsky Stadium has been plagued by cost overruns and opaque business dealings. The project could end up costing St. Petersburg more than $1 billion.
Despite being better educated than their male counterparts, Russian women have not organized the way other Western women have. And that could present problems as Russia undergoes its biggest wave of resurgent social conservatism in generations.
Before the October Revolution in which the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, there was the February Revolution that toppled the czar and installed a pro-West liberal government. But a century later, that government is a footnote.
The collection of Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin, considered one of the finest in the world, is so popular that the Foundation Luis Vuitton extended its hours into the early morning to accommodate guests.
The governor of St. Petersburg announced last month that the city would return the iconic cathedral – which has served as a museum since the Soviet years – to the Russian Orthodox Church. Locals are not happy with the decision.
President Nicolas Maduro has been uncharacteristically quiet about sanctions leveled against his vice president, posting nothing on Twitter, and leaving it to other officials to condemn the US. And no one has mentioned President Trump by name.
Women's rights advocates say move leaves women underprotected from abusive spouses. But it also signals the growing political clout of the Russian Orthodox Church and other conservative political actors.
Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed Tuesday to sketch the outlines of a wider political settlement to Syria's civil war, which would be taken to larger talks in Geneva that include the US, the EU, and other major players.
US security services have fingered the channel as a key player in the Kremlin's efforts to sway Western politics. But inside its offices, RT seems a far cry from what the US says it is – and what it aspires to be.
In Russia, there is no shortage of rumor around the Kremlin and the goings on of its residents. And for many in the business of verifying that rumor, the Trump dossier provides a lot of reason to doubt its assertions.
Located in the hall where Vladimir Lenin first met Josef Stalin, the Lenin Museum in Tampere, Finland, is no longer purposed toward pleasing Soviets, but rather toward exploring Finland's complicated ties with them.