Moscow is looking to Russia's Far East as a region poised for better times, and a building boom aims to make Vladivostok an investment hub. But young residents are still leaving the city in droves.
Estonia's Singing Festival, which happens every five years, has become a symbol of the country's triumph over domination, oppression, and hardship.
Twenty years ago today, Communist Party hard-liners staged a coup to guard against further democratic reforms. The takeover failed but triggered the Soviet collapse.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev chose a painful anniversary – that of the 1991 August Coup, which tried to reverse his democratic reforms – to criticize Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Until Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new law today, beer was considered the same as soda and sold just about anywhere.
The new US- and Brazil-led initiative to encourage government transparency could provide the US another means to promote democracy and free trade.
A Christian Science perspective: You don't have to be a world leader to make a difference.
Friends and colleagues of Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, who died in Boston over the weekend, say today it's possible to work within the system – meaning true dissidents are rare.
The cold war: how it began, why it ended
In Western history, state churches had to be weakened, monarchies discarded, and the 'divine right of kings' forfeited for democracy to grow. Which institutions and traditions are Arab nations prepared to give up? Something more than strongmen have to go if the new is to replace the old.