Moscow is one of the largest cities that may still, in the minds of many Westerners, seem to qualify as "adventure travel" thanks to a mountain of bad press. Here are some tips that will make your journey more fun -- and less of the wrong kind of "adventure."
Putin is a victim of his own economic success. Prosperity and stability in the past decade helped create the new urban middle class, which now wants political change to match its economic achievements.
It's one thing to learn about a foreign country through spy movies, outdated Cold War propaganda and sound bites. It's a whole different education looking a foreigner in the eye and listening to what they really think.
I can hardly believe that I am back already from this amazing adventure through Russia, my family's homeland. To say that it was incredible would be an understatement, which is not a typical Russian trait!
Everything USAID did in Russia was done in partnership with Russian organizations and people. This spirit of partnership also helped to enhance the voices and contributions of Russians as they sought to solve problems, community by community.
September 1 is Knowledge Day in Russia, a big cultural holiday marking the beginning of the school year. Legislators prepared a special gift for the kids this year, introducing radical new ways to protect them from "detrimental information."
For too long now, our Seniors have been disconnected en masse from the Internet ... disconnected from the outside world in many ways. If they're in poor health or house-bound, they may be isolated, lonely and alone.
The Russian Foreign Ministry continues to defend the court verdict against members of the punk band Pussy Riot stating that claims of persecution are "groundless." Groundless? Let's consider three examples.