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.
The price of oil has dropped nearly 40% in six months, and nobody can pin down exactly why that is. And it’s got a lot of countries feeling nervous.
Vladimir Putin said earlier this month that Russia has been unfairly labeled as anti-LGBT. A new report from Human Rights Watch paints a starkly different portrait.
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“This state of affairs doesn’t add up with the U.S.’s pretensions to the title of ‘touchstone of democracy,’” Russia’s foreign ministry ombudsman said.
“The empire strikes back :)” Emails posted online by mysterious leak publishers suggest a concerted effort to “push the pro-family worldwide movement.”
BuzzFeed has received a warning over a post on this week’s attack in the capital of Chechnya.
UEFA, soccer’s European governing body, ordered three Crimean teams who defected from the Ukrainian league this year to be kicked out of the Russian league.
At least 19 people are dead after a shootout between Russian troops and Islamist militants rocked Grozny, capital of the troubled Russian province of Chechnya.
“Thank God — at one time, the Germans shot them. It improves fertility,” Unity Party official Inga Priede tweeted.
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.
Russia’s federal communications agency ordered internet providers to block Vimeo on Monday after the video hosting service initially ignored a request to remove a feature-length ISIS film. Vimeo deleted the video and attributed the delay to the Thanksgiving break.
“The erosion of morals, born across the ocean, and the degradation of the institution of marriage — Europe is bending over for the U.S.,” a Rossiya 1 announcer said as the channel showed fan art for the game Team Fortress 2. “Is this what a child’s bedroom should look like?”
Can we be this fit at his age please?
“In true buccaneering spirit/style of host country they will tear down all walls and shatter every conventional wisdom of chattering classes.”
“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.
Putin’s pussies on the prowl.
You can’t spell “Put it in, you rascal!” without “Rasputin.”
Figures linked to massive Russian fraud cases or connected to Russian state institutions on Western sanctions lists will speak at a Russian business forum at University College London this weekend.
Hired from a local circus after being seen on television, the bear is photographed wearing a muzzle and giving “rides” to Kirill Kombarov’s two-year-old son.
Just another day in Russia.
A Russian boy claims to have “magnetic powers” after an incident where he was electrified and thrown across the pavement.
Protesters showed the pro-Russian president a symbolic ‘red card,’ symbolizing their desire for him to be thrown out of office.
Officials in Russia say that “Children-404,” a grassroots Russian answer to the “It Gets Better” campaign, is perverting the minds of children.
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.
RT UK is the newest part of a Kremlin-funded news network with a budget to match the BBC World Service. It’s already facing the possibility of Ofcom sanctions for its lack of impartiality. BuzzFeed News investigates why Russia Today set its sights on the UK.
Armed pro-Russian rebels were on hand to supervise the start of the clean up operation, four months after the jet was brought down. A new video of the immediate aftermath of the crash has also emerged.
“I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Russian leader.
“How could we check it?” a Russian “expert” said when confronted with glaring mistakes in the image. “It came to us from the internet.” UPDATE — The original source for the image told BuzzFeed News that he found it online and never expected to see it on Russian TV. “Those guys are either desperate or totally unprofessional.”