“I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive.” All photos courtsey of Keen Heick-Abildhauge.
Maslenitsa, or “Pancake Week,” celebrates the end of winter in Russia and Ukraine. This year, with relations between Russia and the West at a historic low, some revelers got political.
Nearly a year after protesters ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, a Moscow art group showed history from the Kremlin’s point of view.
A psychological profile by the Pentagon says Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s Syndrome and “his primary form of compensation is extreme control.” “That is stupidity,” Putin’s spokesman responded.
“I cannot say who exactly is annoyed with our reports but certain law enforcement agencies send letters about us to the top,” TV-2’s editor-in-chief said.
Standard and Poor’s declared that Russia’s debt was junk rated, thanks to “the effect we expect Russia’s weakening economy to have on its financial system.”
The president is again pointing the finger of blame at Moscow for the latest breakdown in the cease-fire between Ukraine’s government and Russian-backed rebels.
Pro-Russian rebels unleashed a barrage of rocket fire against the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol Saturday. The rockets killed at least 30 civilians.
Foreign groups deemed “undesirable” could have their assets frozen and their Russian employees could face fines and prison time, leaving human rights organizations deeply concerned.
“This is the most painful option for me.”
A year after Rosneft announced it was going to buy Morgan Stanley’s physical oil-trading assets, the deal collapsed thanks to regulatory pressures.
The page called for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny, but was no longer visible Saturday in Russia.
The collapse of the ruble is bad news for exporters, and a disaster for millions of families depending on migrant workers in Russia. And there are signs it is also fraying nerves in the Kremlin’s inner circle.
The ruble fell by 20% Tuesday despite measures taken by the country’s central bank. President Obama decided to sign legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia.
For Americans, cheap oil means less money spent each time you fill up on gas, and more to spend on everything else. But in countries depending on oil revenues, oil’s plunge is bad news.
“I was the father of the sexual revolution, and now I’m becoming the father of the sexual counterrevolution,” Vladimir Linderman told BuzzFeed News in the Latvian capital, Riga.
Russia is leading a global anti-LGBT push, but it was once a refuge for LGBT people from more conservative countries around the region. One man who fled tells his story to BuzzFeed News.
The costumes are clearly the best part of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Clearly.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
The Russian ruble is worth 41% less, in dollar terms, than it was on January 1. U.S. and E.U. sanctions, plus a big drop in oil prices, are to blame.
“Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin” NSFW, obviously. Update: Handler said she is boycotting Instagram, after they removed the post multiple times.
So many bizarre weddings.
“It was the most blatant example of shit-faced ignorance and pig-headed arrogance the world has seen since the likes of Hitler or Pol Pot.”
Update: Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers voted Oct. 15 to advance a bill that could put individuals who spread “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” in prison for up to a year.
Was schenkst Du dem Mann, der alles hat? “Ausgehend von der Statur unseres Präsidenten, ist er bei bester Gesundheit und plant, noch lange am Ruder zu stehen.”
“If you don’t have to invest in Russia, why would you?” said one private equity executive.
Scots living outside the country aren’t eligible to vote in the historic independence referendum. Neither are cats. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have opinions.
Though the protest was technically held to demonstrate against the fresh produce sanction, many people turned up just to lob some overripe vegetables.