At a time of daunting geopolitical crises, NATO is undergoing its own version of regime change, with the arrival of a new chief official who has the blessing, at least temporarily, of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
More than 150,000 young Russians will be called up for compulsory military service this fall, the Armed Forces said Wednesday. Residents of Crimea will be exempt from conscription until next year.
Reuters and Bloomberg may soon have to register with the Russian government as "operators of critical infrastructure" on account of their widely used financial information systems, TASS reported Wednesday.
Russian chess player and opposition figure Garry Kasparov has called President Vladimir Putin the "world's most dangerous man," saying he poses a bigger threat to global security than militant group Islamic State.
The Russian ruble weakened on Wednesday after the Central Bank conducted its first overnight ruble-dollar swap operation to boost banking liquidity.
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.