The city of Derbent has a turbulent history and an increasingly active Islamist element.
Facing an uncertain future, Russia’s opposition leaders mourn the ‘irreplaceable guy with brass balls’.
The Kremlin tries to silence “unpatriotic” media, but the Internet gives journalists endless outlets.
The Kremlin is supporting a youth wing whose mission is to make President Putin appear as a superhero to young people
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Nizhny Novgorod, a cultural centre in the heart of Russia, with 793 years of history and a falling birth rate, is dying of cancer and heart disease
A leader of a once obscure right wing group is now at the center of a geopolitical standoff between Russia and the United States
Jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is counting on the West to save Ukraine
The band has upset Putin’s bid to gloss over Russia’s poor human rights record at the Winter Olympics
Cupping candles in their hands, wrapped in white silk and knit robes, nearly 3,000 people knelt on the snow in the middle of the Siberian woods. Tall pine trees served as the walls of their church; the stage for their chorus was carved out of ice. Fluffy snowflakes landed on their heads as they sang their prayers: “God, illuminate our souls with your light, warm up our souls.” The next moment, silence fell over the forest as a bearded, chubby man in long white robes emerged at the top of a hill. His followers call him the Vissarion Christ, or just Teacher; they pray to his portraits and celebrate his birthday, Jan. 14, as their Christmas. And they obey his every instruction, living in expectation of the apocalypse he has predicted.