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Teacher Allegedly Hires Undercover Cop To Torture, Kill Former Student

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime

A Russian school teacher is accused of hiring an undercover police officer to torture and murder a former student she harbored a "personal dislike" fo...

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

Why Russia's Skolkovo Innovation Center is Off Strategy

Bill_Robinson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Many countries, states and cities are hard at work trying to duplicate this magical innovation development. Most will fail. Let us see what Russia is up to in this regard.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Hybrid War: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

A real revolution in military affairs for the United States is urgently needed. And that revolution must start with the civilian side of the government, not the Pentagon.

Boris Nemtsov -- Another Russian Is Dead

Carole Keeney Harrington | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Carole Keeney Harrington

The killing of Nemtsov successfully eliminates the most worrisome gnats buzzing Putin in recent years.

An American Filmmaker in Moscow

Carole Keeney Harrington | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Carole Keeney Harrington

Russia is spooky. With Vladimir Putin at the helm, his annexation of Crimea, support for separatist in the Ukraine, it gets spookier every day.

Acknowledging the Downsides of Arming Ukraine

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

These are just four reasons why a large cross-section of Americans, Europeans, Ukrainians, and Russians label a further militarization of the Ukrainian conflict as a bad idea.

It's Time To Provide Weapons to Ukraine

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Sure, it may not work; the policy may backfire, the Ukrainian army may not be able to use the weapons effectively or they may lose some to the rebels. Putin may even decide to escalate. But guess what? Putin is already escalating.

Arming Ukraine -- Deterring or Provoking Disaster?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

In an ideal world, giving Kiev more than equal footing in militarily defeating the Separatists would seem unarguable. Of course, equipping would take time and would risk escalating the fighting and destruction irrespective of Putin's reactions. Sadly, this is not an ideal world.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

The Eye of Sauron Over Moscow, or, Revenge of the Orcs

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

In honor of the final installment of the eighty-seven-part Hobbit film series, a Russian art group recently decided to crown the Moscow International Business Center with the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron.

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

Vladimir Putin Wants to Frighten the World into Respecting Russia

Alexander Golts | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Alexander Golts

Putin wants to regain that same "respect" that the West held for Khrushchev, and he sees no other way but to underscore his own unpredictability. I suspect that the recent sorties by Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic, North and Black seas are a manifestation of this new unpredictability.

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.

CEO Of Major Oil Company Killed In Moscow Plane Collision

AP | LYNN BERRY and LORI HINNANT | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's bigge...

Hemingway, Gellhorn and Capa at the Hotel Florida in 1930s Madrid

J. Michael Welton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Author Amanda Vaill, whose Everybody Was So Young described how the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy intertwined with the likes of Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Archibald MacLeish in 1920s Paris and the French Riviera, has discovered a new nexus.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

Thousands March In Moscow Against Fighting In Ukraine

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleg...

Visiting 10 Real-Life Locations From FX's 'Archer'

Hopper.com | Posted 11.12.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

Despite being an animated series (perhaps encouraged by that fact), Archer and his team at the International Secret Intelligence Service often travel to various high-flying locations around the world to practice spycraft.

Why Sanctions Against Russia Might Backfire

Kimberly Marten | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

The lesson from the past decade around the world is that the United States and its allies cannot control the internal politics of foreign countries. When they try, they often end up with a worse situation than they faced originally.

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

U.S. Says Images Back Up Claims Russia Fired Rockets Into Ukraine

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that ...