It seems unfeasible that Russia, which holds a fifth of the planet's forests, could run out of wood. And yet it is happening, at least with commercially usable forests, environmental analysts say.
A common criticism of the current Russian government is its tendency to act as an overseer of the nation rather than its representative.
Citing legislative inconsistencies, the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights lambasted a recently passed bill that threatens to strictly curtail foreign ownership of Russian media assets.
Russia's currency dropped sharply Tuesday to new historic lows following a media report that the Central Bank was looking at the introduction of capital controls.
Ukrainians casting their ballots next month may be forgiven for thinking they are being asked to vote for their favorite Star Wars character, with Yoda, Chewbacca and Darth Vader all running for seats in the legislature.
Arts & Ideas
Russia and Abroad
Itĺs a challenging time for German and Russian businesses, especially smaller and mid-sized companies. Some had recently localized production in Russia, making long-term commitments to the country. Large investment funds had been looking for prospects in the real estate market. Now some of these investors have put their plans on hold.
The Austrian season of culture, which took place in Russia in 2013 and 2014, gave artists from both countries an unprecedented opportunity for creative exchange and joint projects. The cooperation of institutes and artists from all areas of culture expanded far beyond the framework of particular events.
Moscow Times Guides
Russiaĺs hotel and hospitality business is booming ľ with uniquely designed hostelries, updated Soviet chic, more spaces to congregate and celebrate, and summer menus to welcome the warm weather.
Ten years ago you seemed to wait forever for a seat in the sun.
At the first hint of spring the English, umbrella under arm, grasp a picnic basket, or root under a raincoat to light a barbecue. In Russia, I was told, you had to be sure the snow would not return. If you were cautious, like business people, that meant waiting... through May... and into June, before you were sure the weather wouldn't freeze your battens and or whip your canvas awnings.