The St. Petersburg Times The St. Petersburg Times 1993 - 2011 60 The St. Petersburg Times en Opinion: Russia Is Turning Into a Rogue State Latest News By Alexander Golts Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Against the backdrop of renewed hostilities in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, the Russian public paid little attention to the recent visit that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made to Iran.]]> Pre-Revolutionary Names Making a Comeback in Russia Latest News By Peter Spinella Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The most popular first names in Moscow over the past century and those currently gaining in popularity reveal an inverse dynamic, with several pre-revolutionary favorites making a strong comeback.]]> Russian Railways Boss Yakunin Sues New York Times Latest News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Vladimir Yakunin, head of Russia\'s railroad monopoly Russian Railways, is suing The New York Times in a Russian court for libel, saying the respected U.]]> Sochi\'s Luxury Ski Chalets Enter World\'s Top 20 for Price Growth Latest News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s resort town of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, has broken into the world\'s top 20 ski resorts by price growth for high end residences, according to a recent study by real estate agency Knight Frank.]]> Foreigners Visiting Russia Required to Submit Detailed Travel Plans Latest News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Foreigners planning to travel to Russia will have to provide detailed itineraries along with their visa applications as of Monday, according to the country\'s Association of Tour Operators.]]> Prices of Russia\'s Top Export Commodities Fall Amid Oil Price Drop Latest News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 While the plummeting price of oil has occupied headlines in recent months, it\'s not the only commodity of key importance to the Russian economy whose price is dropping.]]> New Russian Space Station Blueprint Ready for Kremlin Consideration Business By Matthew Bodner Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A prominent research institute affiliated with Russia\'s space agency will present conceptual designs for a new Russian national space station to the government\'s military-industrial commission that would potentially replace the International Space Station (ISS), the institute\'s deputy director said.]]> Russian Oil Firms Can Weather $50 Oil — Forum Business By Alexander Panin Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 If oil remains at its current price through this year, Russia\'s gross domestic product will likely shrink more than 6.5 percent, but Russian oil companies will continue to make a profit at even lower prices, analysts at the Gaidar Economic Forum said Thursday.]]> Turf War Seen at Heart of Russian Space Industry Shake-Up Business By Matthew Bodner Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 An ambitious drive by a friend of President Vladimir Putin’s to take control of Russia’s defense industry may be behind a shock announcement this week that Russia would merge its federal space agency with a major industry group, analysts said.]]> Railway Chief Threatens to Quit Over Demands to Publish Salary Business By Peter Hobson Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The head of Russia\'s vast state railway company on Thursday said he might quit if the government persisted in its \"unreasonable\" demands that he publish his salary.]]> NBCUniversal Stops Broadcasting Cable Channels in Russia Business Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The international channels division of U.S. mass media group NBCUniversal has decided to leave the Russian market after a law came into effect banning advertising on cable channels, a news report said Friday.]]> Apple Cuts Ties to Sanctioned Crimea Region Business Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Bowing to U.S. sanctions, Apple has decided to end sales of its products in Crimea in move likely to deepen the region\'s already record inflation, news agency RIA Novosti reported Thursday.]]> Russia Launches First Sugar-Price Fixing Cases as Inflation Rockets Business Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s anti-monopoly watchdog said Friday it had launched two cases against companies suspected of colluding to artificially hike the price of sugar, as authorities step up efforts to curb rapid food price inflation.]]> Aeroflot Buys 20 More Sukhoi Superjets Business Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 State airline Aeroflot has bought 20 new Sukhoi Superjet 100s — the Russian aviation industry\'s flagship commercial airliner — to facilitate growth in the company\'s domestic traffic, Aeroflot said in a statement on Thursday.]]> Russia Faces Uphill Battle Convincing Delegates at Davos Business By Alexander Panin Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 As the World Economic Forum kicks off in the Swiss alpine town of Davos on Wednesday, Russian delegates will be working hard to convince participants that the country is still a sound investment despite tensions over Ukraine and a faltering economy.]]> New Approach to Ruble Crisis Seen in Russian Central Bank Reshuffle Business By Howard Amos Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The appointment of a new deputy governor to the Central Bank has raised the prospect of shifts in Russian monetary policy as the country continues to grapple with a currency crisis that saw the ruble lose a third of its value against the U.]]> RFU Misses Deadline to Pay Coach Capello Business Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 After failing to meet an official deadline to pay its outstanding debt to national team coach Fabio Capello, the Russian Football Union (RFU) faces a slew of legal consequences, R-Sport reported Monday.]]> Vladivostok Gambling Zone Aims to Become Next Macau Business By Delphine d'Amora Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A long-awaited gambling oasis designed to tempt wealthy Asian and domestic tourists into Russia\'s Far East is finally getting off the ground, with $2.]]> Airlines Brace for Tough Year as Ruble Falls Business By Alexander Panin Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s top airlines are eyeing the specter of bankruptcy in 2015 following last year\'s ruble meltdown, which decimated travel spending and drastically upped the costs of maintaining carriers\' fleets.]]> Oil Price Drop Casts Shadow Over Russia\'s Arctic Drive Business By Ivan Nechepurenko Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 While governors of Russia\'s Arctic regions agreed Thursday that the development of the Arctic would be the \"next space program,\" there are increased fears that the recent plunge in oil prices could jeopardize these ambitious plans.]]> Russians Must Adapt to More Unemployment Says Deputy Prime Minister Business Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Unemployment is set to rise in Russia amid a prolonged economic downturn, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Friday during a set piece discussion about the state of Russian politics and business at the World Economic Forum.]]> Warnings of Russian Financial Crisis Spread as Banks Start Failing Business By Howard Amos, Delphine d'Amora Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The head of Russia\'s largest bank, German Gref, offered a bleak picture of the fate awaiting the country\'s banking sector in 2015 during the set-piece Gaidar economic forum in Moscow this week.]]> Putin\'s Capital Amnesty Could Land Russia on Money Laundering Blacklist Business Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 An amnesty on capital returning to Russia proposed by President Vladimir Putin risks putting Russia on the blacklist of a global anti-money laundering watchdog, potentially deepening the country\'s isolation from global financial markets, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday.]]> Russia to Spend $50 Million Taking Roof Off Sochi Olympic Stadium Business Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 In preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Krasnodar regional government will spend 3 billion rubles ($46 million) removing the roof of a stadium built for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the TASS news agency reported Tuesday.]]> Ruble Fall Checks Global Expansion of Pro-Kremlin Media Business By Delphine d'Amora Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Pro-Kremlin broadcaster RT and news agency Rossiya Segodnya will have to slash spending by 50 percent or more and likely give up on expansion plans as the steep devaluation of the Russian ruble hits their margins, news reports said.]]> Russian Central Bank Ignores Downgrades as Economic Pressure Builds Business Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 In an attempt to to ease pressure on the country\'s buckling financial system, the Central Bank announced Monday it would ignore recent downgrades of Russian banks and instead refer to ratings issued before Western sanctions against the country over its role in Ukraine\'s crisis.]]> MTS to Launch Russian Answer to Skype and WhatsApp Business Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s leading mobile phone operator MTS plans to challenge leading chat applications Skype and WhatsApp with a service that would take the place of both.]]> St. Petersburg Lawmaker Wants to Recall \'Leviathan\' Film Funding Local News Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A firebrand Russian lawmaker famous for authoring anti-gay legislation is now calling for the makers of the award-winning film \"Leviathan\" to return the money they got from the government to make the film.]]> St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Didn\'t Bring Real Gun Into Work, Aide Says Local News By Anna Dolgov Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A photo showing the deputy governor of St. Petersburg with a handgun clipped to his belt at a local government meeting has prompted assurances from his aide that the weapon was nonlethal and that the politician is a \"law abiding man.]]> Carl\'s Jr. Causes Controversy as It Pulls Out of Russia Local News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 U.S. burger chain Carl\'s Jr.\'s exit from the Russian market has proven messy, as employees claim the company intends to dismiss them without severance pay as required by Russian labor law, according to St.]]> Federal Museums Now Free for Children Under 18 Local News By Layli Foroudi Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Parents were given their own New Year\'s present over the holidays when the country\'s federal museums scrapped all entry fees for children under the age of 18.]]> Valery Gergiev Takes Mariinsky on Whirlwind Tour of U.S. Culture By Chris Gordon Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 As cultural ambassadors go, Russia doesn’t have much better than The State Academic Mariinsky Theater under the direction of Valery Gergiev. Now on tour in the U.]]> St. Petersburg Noise-Pop Quintet Readies Debut Culture By Timothy Misir Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Five years after the release of \"Happy Songs for Happy Zombies,\" Pinkshinyultrablast\'s first EP, the Russian shoegaze/dream-pop band will finally release its debut album, \"Everything Else Matters,\" on Monday.]]> Culture Ministry Reverses Plans to Ban Films That Undermine \'National Unity\' Culture Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The Culture Ministry has reversed plans to deny distribution licenses to films deemed harmful to Russia\'s \"national unity,\" after the proposed restrictions drew widespread criticism.]]> Artists Who Doused Lenin\'s Mausoleum With Holy Water Sent to Jail Culture Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A Moscow court has handed down 10-day jail sentences to two activists who splashed holy water on Vladimir Lenin\'s mausoleum on Red Square in an artistic attempt to exorcise the Soviet founder\'s specter from today\'s Russian politics.]]> Ministry, Duma Back Profanity in Movies Edict Culture Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The Culture Ministry said it would consider the idea of allowing swearing in films, after a group of prestigious Russian film directors asked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier this week to amend a 2014 law prohibiting profanity in works of art, but had no intention of changing its position that the ban was right in comments provided by the ministry\'s press service.]]> Russia\'s Education Watchdog Says Wikipedia Should Be Banned Culture Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The deputy head of Russia\'s education watchdog said Thursday that Wikipedia should be banned, the TASS news agency reported. \"Wikipedia does not help, but only harms education,\" TASS cited Alexander Biserov, deputy head of Rosobrnadzor, as saying.]]> Artists Detained for Attempting to Exorcise the Ghost of Lenin With Holy Water Culture Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Two members of an art collective were detained for flinging holy water at the Moscow mausoleum containing Vladimir Lenin\'s corpse, in an apparent bid to resurrect the revolutionary leader.]]> \'Sunstroke\' Beats Out \'Leviathan\' at Russia\'s Eagle Awards Culture Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Nikita Mikhalkov\'s \"Sunstroke,\" set in post-revolutionary Crimea, took the best film prize at Russia\'s Golden Eagle award ceremony, beating out Andrei Zvyagintsev\'s \"Leviathan,\" which has been nominated in the best foreign-language film category at next month\'s Academy Awards.]]> Russia\'s \'Leviathan\' Takes Top Honors at Golden Globes, Sets Sights on Oscars Culture By Ali Sar Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 LOS ANGELES, CA — The dark Russian movie “Leviathan” came a step closer to capturing the best foreign language film Oscar when it was nominated Thursday by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of five finalists.]]> Church Spokesman Says \'Leviathan\' Made for West Culture Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church harshly criticized director Andrei Zvyagintsev\'s award-winning film \"Leviathan\" on Wednesday, suggesting it was meant \"to please the West,\" though inadvertently admitting to having downloaded it illegally.]]> Russian Files Lawsuit Against McDonalds Over \'Nauseating\' Stench Food & Drink Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A disgruntled Muscovite has filed a lawsuit against a local branch of fast food chain McDonalds, claiming the lingering smell of chips is making his life unbearable.]]> No Money? \"Eat Less!\" United Russia Lawmaker Advises Food & Drink By Anna Dolgov Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party has offered his advice to Russians struggling to pay for food amid the country\'s soaring inflation: \"Eat less.]]> Obama\'s State of the Union Angers Russian Officials National News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 U.S. President Barack Obama\'s claim that Western sanctions have isolated Russia and left its economy “in tatters” at his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday has ruffled feathers among Russia\'s political elite.]]> Brightman\'s Cosmonaut Training Delayed After Arriving in Russia National News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 British soprano Sarah Brightman has arrived in Russia to begin training for her October sight-seeing trip to the International Space Station (ISS), but officials at the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow have unexpectedly delayed the start of her training to sometime next week, Interfax reported.]]> Russian Lawmakers Zero In on Foreign Undesirables National News By Anna Dolgov, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit the activities of so-called \"undesirable\" foreign companies and organizations in Russia, should they be deemed to pose a threat to the state.]]> Russian-Language Tweet Prompts Fears CIA\'s Twitter Account Was Hacked National News Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A Russian-language tweet posted on the CIA\'s Twitter page left some Internet users in a buzz on Thursday, amid speculation that the agency\'s account had been hacked.]]> Russian Paratroopers to Train in 20 Foreign Countries This Year National News Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russian paratroopers will conduct exercises in 20 foreign countries this year, as the country continues to flex its resurgent military muscle amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine, a military spokesman said Monday.]]> Ukraine Accuses Russia\'s LUKoil of Financing Terror in War-Torn East National News Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Ukraine\'s Security Service said Friday it is investigating Russian oil major LUKoil for allegedly financing terrorism in two breakaway regions of Ukraine\'s war-torn east.]]> $1 Billion Rocket Engine Deal Cements Russia\'s Place in U.S. Space Industry National News Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russian rocket maker Energia has signed a $1 billion deal with U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences to deliver 60 RD-181 Russian rocket engines to the U.S.]]> Siberian Man Clings to Moving Train for Hours After Seeking Shortcut National News Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A man in the Kemerovo region got the ride of his life after an ill-advised shortcut saw him travel for two-and-a-half hours clinging to the underside of a freight train.]]> ECHR Backs Russian Courts in Stalin Defamation Case National News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russian courts ruled appropriately in dismissing a defamation claim brought by Josef Stalin\'s grandson against Novaya Gazeta, which had referred to the late Soviet leader as a \"bloodthirsty cannibal,\" the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday.]]> Officials Split on Charlie Hebdo Protests National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Moscow authorities rejected on Saturday a request for permission to hold a protest march in defense of the feelings of religious believers, while two predominantly Muslim republics in southern Russia have gone ahead with plans for similarly-themed protests challenging French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo\'s contentious caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.]]> Minimum Wage Hike and a Raft of New Legislation Comes Into Effect in 2015 National News By Ivan Nechepurenko Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 New year, new you: An expression that has taken on a special meaning for those living in Russia, where a plethora of new laws — many with a direct impact on the daily lives of citizens and residents — entered into effect on Jan.]]> Russian Region Bans Sale of Coke, Mountain Dew to Minors National News Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Schoolchildren in Russia\'s Vologda region will no longer be able to pick up a can of Coke on their way to class after the local parliament banned the sale of fizzy caffeinated drinks to minors.]]> Russian LGBT Activist Fined 50,000 Rubles for Disseminating \'Gay Propaganda\' National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Yelena Klimova, the founder of an online support group for LGBT teenagers, has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780) for violating Russia\'s controversial law against the \"propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,\" she announced Friday.]]> Arkhangelsk Governor Admits to Drunk Driving on Televised Polygraph National News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The governor of the Arkhangelsk region admitted during a televised polygraph test Saturday to having driven under the influence. Governor Igor Orlov agreed to sit for a televised polygraph test on the NTV channel in a bid to debunk local news reports that he had increased his own monthly salary to 600,000 rubles ($9,350).]]> Putin Backs Creation of Giant Russian Space Corporation National News By Peter Hobson Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday backed the creation of a sector-spanning space corporation designed to revitalize the commercial rocket industry and advance Russia\'s growing cosmic ambitions.]]> Chechnya Plans Mass Rally to Protest Prophet Muhammad Cartoons National News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Authorities in Russia\'s mainly Muslim republic of Chechnya on Wednesday announced a large-scale protest against publications \"insulting\" the prophet Muhammad.]]> Russian Post Launches Railway Service With China, Starts Delivering Packages to Homes National News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Packages can now travel from Beijing to Moscow by rail following the launch of the first Russia-China railroad delivery service, the logistics branch of Russian Railways announced Monday.]]> Russian Students Feel The Pinch as Cash-Strapped Universities Raise Tuitions National News By Ivan Nechepurenko Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Amid a currency crisis and spiraling inflation rates, some Russian universities have sought to cut losses by increasing tuition fees, sometimes by 30 to 35 percent, TASS news agency reported on Monday.]]> Russia Ratifies Military Alliance With Abkhazia National News Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s parliament on Friday ratified a military alliance with the disputed territory of Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian republic not recognized by the United Nations as an independent state, the TASS news agency reported.]]> Russian Delegation Awaits New Decision on PACE Voting Rights National News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia is set to participate Monday in its first session at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) since it was stripped of its voting rights last year in connection with the Russian annexation of Crimea.]]> More Than Half of Russians See Stalin in a Positive Light National News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 More than half of Russians believe Soviet leader Josef Stalin played a positive role in Russia, a poll published Tuesday by the independent Levada Center revealed.]]> Most French Citizens Think Paris Should Deliver Mistral to Russia National News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Over 60 percent of French citizens think their country should honor a 1.2 billion euro ($1.39 billion) contract with Russia for the stalled delivery of two French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers, according to a poll published Tuesday.]]> Increasingly, Russians See No Alternative to Putin National News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Though it will be another three years before Russian voters cast their ballots for the next round of presidential hopefuls, most people already know whom they plan to vote for.]]> Video Claims to Show Yeti Stumbling Through Russian Forest (Video) National News Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A video claiming to prove the existence of a bigfoot has been posted online, after a group of Yeti spotters supposedly chanced upon one while they were out walking in southwestern Russia.]]> Russian Analysts Warn Change Needed to Avoid \'Revolutionary Chaos\' National News By Ivan Nechepurenko Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 President Vladimir Putin cannot afford at this point to reform the political system he has built up, as doing so would undermine his grip on power, a panel of political analysts said at the Gaidar Forum on Friday.]]> Russian Cat Protects Abandoned Baby While Meowing for Help National News Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 A stray Russian cat has been hailed as a hero by members of the domestic and international media after it helped save an abandoned baby in the town of Obninsk near Moscow.]]> Russia Will Stick With Putin Till the Bitter End Opinion By Alexander Morozov Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s actions in 2014 were shocking both for their scale and abruptness. Tossing aside all concern for world rankings, economic considerations and the standards of international cooperation — all of that boring baggage of today\'s global system — the Kremlin set sail for unchartered waters.]]> Russia\'s Economic Crisis Is Just Getting Started Opinion By Konstantin Sonin Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The ruble price of the dollar rose by more than 20 percent on Dec. 15-16, 2014, and now that the currency markets have calmed down a bit, the dollar costs about twice as much as it did one year ago.]]> \'Je Suis Charlie\' Demands Free Speech, for Some Opinion By Pyotr Romanov Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Unlike many, I do not feel a sense of solidarity with \"Charlie.\" To empathize with the victims of terror is one thing, but in my opinion, the newspaper\'s employees were foremost victims of an ossified democracy that has lost its capacity for self-criticism.]]> Putin Isn\'t Worrying About the Ruble Opinion By Georgy Bovt Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 In recent weeks, news from around the country has shown panic among bank depositors and long lines at currency exchange points. Reports on the exchange rate consistently make headlines.]]> 2015 Promises Bad News for Russia Opinion By Fyodor Lukyanov Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The global system will not reach any major milestones of development in 2015. However, judging from events in the opening weeks of this year, the general global trends that were already evident will become more clearly defined in the coming months.]]> Russian Officials Are Dangerously Out of Touch Opinion By Mark Adomanis Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Pauline Kael was a film critic for The New Yorker magazine who entered the American political lexicon with a now-infamous statement about former U.S. President Richard Nixon\'s re-election: \"I live in a rather special world.]]> Russian Economy Will Rally, But Won\'t Boom Opinion By Chris Weafer Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 There is currently a lot of noise about the Russian economy and almost all of it is bad. Many commentators predict that a catastrophe lies ahead and the economic destruction will lead to social instability and eventually a political crisis.]]> Russia Left Out in the Cold by Its Neighbors Opinion By Ivan Sukhov Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 The tragedy in Gyumri, Armenia, where Russian soldier Valery Permyakov is suspected to have killed a family of seven, once again demonstrates the sad state of Russia\'s relations with countries that it considers part of its \"sphere of influence.]]> Russia\'s Deadly Roads Are Harming its Economy Opinion By Cesar Chelala Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 An adequate road network is one of the necessary factors in the economic development of any country. In the case of Russia, any economic gains run the risk of not being sustained unless the government pays special attention to building an efficient and safe road network.]]> Killings in Armenia Point to Flaws in Russian Army Opinion By Simon Saradzhyan Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Like many others in the Armenian diaspora, I have been shaken by the news out of the Armenian city of Gyumri where six members of the Avetisyan family were killed.]]> All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Tuesday, Jan. 27 Observe the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime.]]> Trying to Stay Calm in a Russian Supermarket Blog By Michele A. Berdy Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Âëĺňĺ́ňü â ęîďĺ́ĺ÷ęó: to cost a pretty penny While I was swanning through the produce section of a supermarket the other day, humming a little food tune as I contemplated dinner, a price tag suddenly stopped me dead in my tracks.]]> Dreaming of the Quiet Life in 2015 Blog By Michele A. Berdy Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0300 Ďîęî́é: rest, quiet, peace, calm, serenity Yup, that\'s what we need this year — ďîęîé: some inner calm, peace and serenity to get us through what are sure to be 12 tough months.]]>