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fewer russian tourists traveling to u.k., u.s., tour operators say

tour operators in russia are seeing a drop in travel to britain and the united states as the countries remain locked in diplomatic battles over poisoning and election-meddling accusations.russian tourists have experienced significant delays in obtaining u.s. visas over the past year amid staff cuts and the recent closure of the u.s. consulate in st. petersburg. last week, the government agency tasked with promoting russia’s image abroad launched a sardonically titled program to repatriate students from “unfriendly countries.”“a decrease in the flow [of russian tourists to the u.s.] is expected precisely because of difficulties with obtaining visas,” russian tour operators association acting director maya lomidze said at a news conf...




what you missed over the weekend

telegram flashmobpavel durov, founder and ceo of the popular telegram app, organized a flashmob in support of his embattled messaging service by calling on russians to fly paper planes — the telegram logo — from their homes on sunday.durov called the action a “battle for russia’s digital future” and urged supporters of his so-called “digital resistance” to launch paper planes at the same time the following week.no election guaranteesa top kremlin official has refused to guarantee that russia will not interfere in the 2018 u.s. midterms, as moscow continues to deny meddling in the 2016 presidential election.“we will not make any unilateral statements and assurances, let alone intend to admit our guilt for certain incidents whe...




a step back in time

moscow offers plenty of choices for lovers of art and culture, and everyone should visit the tretyakov gallery and the pushkin museum of fine arts. but across the street from the pushkin museum is another treasure trove of art — not the cathedral of christ the savior, a treasure itself — but the space beneath it. the lesser-known moscow art center, just steps from the kropotkinskaya metro station, displays dozens of russian masterpieces. on saturday it felt like our group of 20 had been invited to see someone’s well-loved collection. in a way, we had. the acquisitions, originally owned by individuals and pre-revolutionary aristocracy, spent the soviet period elsewhere. they later returned —sometimes with difficulty — to reclaim the...




moscow reacts to resignation of armenian pm sargsyan

armenian prime minister serzh sargsyan resigned on monday after days of anti-government protests in the capital yerevan and other cities.sargsyan, a close ally of russian president vladimir putin, had served as armenia's president for a decade until earlier this month and had faced accusations of clinging to power when parliament voted for him to take up the post of prime minister.his resignation is unprecedented for a post-soviet country, but russian officials on monday largely cheered on the protests, hailing them as an example of democracy.asked earlier on monday whether moscow was concerned about the unrest, kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov said it was armenia’s “domestic affair.” “why should moscow interfere?” he asked.we’ll...




our daily bread

bread: the foundation of our civilizations, the root of our prayers. even “mad monk” grigory rasputin recognized its importance, warning the tsar what could happen if the country’s supply of crucial ingredients (flour, butter, sugar) were to dwindle. the mad monk was right.whether practical or poetic, there's no substitute for bread, despite what dieters may say. khleb nasushny, russia's answer to le pain quotidien, is there to weaken the wills of those who continue to pretend. but how many even daily consumers know the history of their sandwich staple? a group of tmt club–goers wanted to improve this statistic.khleb nasushny at 17 tverskaya ulitsa, not far from where maxim philippov’s flagship bakery once stood, leads the chai...




russia’s femfest breaks down barriers

fashionably dressed young russians mingled in a large hall in central moscow, decorated with balloons and pink stripes to sip champagne and talk about women’s rights.only a year old, femfest has become the largest feminist event in russia. its second iteration last saturday at the hip telegraph building attracted some 1,400 participants, around a quarter of whom were men.the festival was launched last year by irina izotova, a gender studies expert, with the help of the theory and practice online education platform. izotova’s aim, she has said, was to introduce russians to feminist principles to a society not used to openly talking about women’s issues.while in 2017, the festival aimed to bring feminist ideas to a wider audience, “thi...




pushkin house announces book prize short list

on friday the london-based pushkin house broke with tradition — or began a new one — when its executive director, clementine cecil, came to moscow and announced the shortlist for their annual book prize. the prize, which is in its sixth year, is awarded to a book about russia or the russian-speaking world written in or translated into english and published within the last calendar year. the book must be non-fiction, show new research or an innovative approach, and be for the general reader.this year the organizers began the competition with over 70 books, nominated by publishers or pushkin house staff, which got culled to a still massive list of 56 books, which after three months of reading, were whittled down by the jury to a shortlist...




russian kids learn patriotism through paintball

hundreds of schoolchildren in the russian far east took part in a boot camp organized to instill in them a love for their motherland.in 2016, president vladimir putin declared patriotism russia’s only national idea, a concept that has permeated the country’s education system and state-run mass media. a national “patriotic education of russian citizens program” for the years 2016-2020 calls for an 8 percent increase in the number of russians who are “proud of their country” and a 10 percent surge in new military recruits.friday marked the end of inter-city games organized by the primorye region administration as part of ...




a storm sweeps through moscow, in photos

over the weekend, a storm swept through moscow and its neighboring regions, resulting in the deaths of at least two people. more than 29,000 homes in 12...




as the world cup looms, russia purges host cities of strays

as larisa dudaryonok arrived home one night in november, she was greeted by her dog ryzhka at her car. down the street, a man she strained to make out in the dark was watching.dudaryonok, who runs an animal shelter in the southern port city of rostov-on-don, didn’t pay the stranger much attention. but when the 15 dogs she was keeping temporarily in her backyard began barking loudly an hour later, she knew something was wrong and rushed outside.“ryzhka was convulsing on the ground,” she recalled during a recent phone interview. the dog, dudaryonok suspects, was fed isoniazid, a tuberculosis drug that has been used to poison dogs. if dudaryonok hadn’t had the antidote, ryzhka would likely not have made it. “she’s lucky she survived...




telegram founder calls for repeat of paper plane flashmob

pavel durov, the founder and ceo of the messaging service telegram, has called on supporters to fly paper planes from their windows next sunday in opposition to russia’s ban on the company.this past sunday, telegram users throughout the country responded to durov’s initial call on social media for a coordinated paper plane action “in support of internet freedom.” russian regulators began blocking telegram, which uses a white paper plane as its logo, after it refused to comply with a court order to grant security services access to its users' encrypted messages.“nex...




google services blocked in russia following telegram ban

russian users are experiencing difficulty accessing google services such as gmail and youtube after authorities blacklisted some of the tech giant's ip addresses.“we are aware of reports that some users in russia are unable to access some google products, and are investigating those reports,” said google russia in a twitter statement.russia’s state communications regulator roskomnadzor blocked telegram last week after the messaging service refused to comply with a court order to grant security services access to its users’ encrypted communication. roskomnadzor announced sunday that it had blacklisted an unspecified number of google ip addresses that telegram was using to sidestep the ban.an online service map that monitors live web...




pushkin house announces book prize short list

on friday the london-based pushkin house broke with tradition — or began a new one — when its executive director, clementine cecil, came to moscow and announced the shortlist for their annual book prize. the prize, which is in its sixth year, is awarded to a book about russia or the russian-speaking world written in or translated into english and published within the last calendar year. the book must be non-fiction, show new research or an innovative approach, and be for the general reader.this year the organizers began the competition with over 70 books, nominated by publishers or pushkin house staff, which got culled to a still massive list of 56 books, which after three months of reading, were whittled down by the jury to a shortlist...




what's on this weekend in moscow

cityapril 20 2018 - 14:04by andrei muchnikbravo performing at club a2 in st. petersburg this winter.courtesy bravobravoapril 20bravo started out in 1983 in what was then the u.s.s.r. and are still around today. founded by yevgeny havtan, bravo's first lead singer was the now legendary zhanna aguzarova who left the band to pursue her solo career in the late 1980s. in more than 30 years of existence the band has gone through several more lead singers, including valery syutkin. today some of the songs are performed by robert lentz and some by the band's leader yevgeny havtan. bravo released their latest, thirteenth album in 2015 and is rumored to be working on a new one.11 ulitsa ordzhonikidze. metro leninsky prospekt. +7 (495) 230 1030. glav...




workers warn of revolt in siberian factory town hit by u.s. sanctions

workers at one of russia's biggest aluminum smelters say their siberian town is doomed unless moscow mitigates u.s. sanctions against aluminum giant rusal, a predicament mirrored across the company's sprawling operations.trapped by mortgages for apartments built on barren steppe under communism, residents of sayanogorsk, one of a string of towns dominated by rusal, have few options if a loss of customers for its aluminum leads the firm to cut jobs."the entire life of this city depends on rusal," said evgeny ivanov, until recently a foreman at the plant in sayanogorsk, where pockmarked asphalt recalls the harsh winters endured by its 60,000 inhabitants, and icy blue mountains line the horizon."if something were to happen to the factory...




what you missed over the weekend

telegram flashmobpavel durov, founder and ceo of the popular telegram app, organized a flashmob in support of his embattled messaging service by calling on russians to fly paper planes — the telegram logo — from their homes on sunday.durov called the action a “battle for russia’s digital future” and urged supporters of his so-called “digital resistance” to launch paper planes at the same time the following week.no election guaranteesa top kremlin official has refused to guarantee that russia will not interfere in the 2018 u.s. midterms, as moscow continues to deny meddling in the 2016 presidential election.“we will not make any unilateral statements and assurances, let alone intend to admit our guilt for certain incidents whe...




what's on this weekend in moscow

cityapril 20 2018 - 14:04by andrei muchnikbravo performing at club a2 in st. petersburg this winter.courtesy bravobravoapril 20bravo started out in 1983 in what was then the u.s.s.r. and are still around today. founded by yevgeny havtan, bravo's first lead singer was the now legendary zhanna aguzarova who left the band to pursue her solo career in the late 1980s. in more than 30 years of existence the band has gone through several more lead singers, including valery syutkin. today some of the songs are performed by robert lentz and some by the band's leader yevgeny havtan. bravo released their latest, thirteenth album in 2015 and is rumored to be working on a new one.11 ulitsa ordzhonikidze. metro leninsky prospekt. +7 (495) 230 1030. glav...




russia says nine militants plotting dagestan attack killed after gun battle

russia said on saturday it had killed nine militants who had been plotting a terrorist act in the volatile dagestan region in the south of the country.russia's anti-terrorist committee said on its website it had received information that militants who planned to carry out an attack early next month were hiding in derbent, the second biggest city of the muslim-majority republic of dagestan.russian special forces detected two groups of militants in diff...




russia accuses u.s. of building 'visa wall' after bolshoi dancers denied entry

russia said on saturday the united states was trying to fence off russians with a "visa wall" after two bolshoi ballet dancers were refused visas to perform in new york.the foreign ministry expressed regret over the united states' decision to refuse visas to russian prima ballerina olga smirnova and soloist dancer jacopo tissi, who were due to perform at a lincoln center gala."this did not happen even during the cold war," the ministry said in a statement on its website."but today, influential forces in the usa, preoccupied with trying to pressure russia hard, do not stop at anything... they are trying to fence off americans from russians with a visa wall, as we've said before, making trips of our citizens to the usa practically imp...




what's on this weekend in moscow

cityapril 20 2018 - 14:04by andrei muchnikbravo performing at club a2 in st. petersburg this winter.courtesy bravobravoapril 20bravo started out in 1983 in what was then the u.s.s.r. and are still around today. founded by yevgeny havtan, bravo's first lead singer was the now legendary zhanna aguzarova who left the band to pursue her solo career in the late 1980s. in more than 30 years of existence the band has gone through several more lead singers, including valery syutkin. today some of the songs are performed by robert lentz and some by the band's leader yevgeny havtan. bravo released their latest, thirteenth album in 2015 and is rumored to be working on a new one.11 ulitsa ordzhonikidze. metro leninsky prospekt. +7 (495) 230 1030. glav...