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Operavore

Russian Theater Director Fired Over Wagner Production

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.
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The Takeaway

Historical Comparisons: Worthwhile or Worthless?

Monday, February 16, 2015

We've heard it all: Obama compared to Hitler, Putin compared to Hitler, Angela Merkel called Germany's Chamberlain. What do we get out of this type of historical comparison? 

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Operavore

Anti-Putin Protester Takes the Stage at Metropolitan Opera

Friday, January 30, 2015

An anti-Vladimir Putin protester who took the stage at the Metropolitan Opera has been at the center of previous political demonstrations.
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Operavore

Protesters Greet Valery Gergiev on First Night of U.S. Tour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg kicked off a month-long, 12-city U.S. tour on Wednesday night at BAM—and was greeted by protesters chanting "out, out, out.”
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The Takeaway

Online Activists Inspire Hope In Russia

Monday, January 05, 2015

In an environment where the Russian middle class faces some pain from falling oil prices and western sanctions, can opposition to Putin's rule gain momentum?

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hong Kong protests illustrated, honest Transformers, BBC and friends cover The Beach Boys, Putin gets a weird birthday gift, and "Singin' in the Rain" sans singin.
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The Takeaway

Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

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The Takeaway

In Russia, Propaganda Mounts Around MH17 Crash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In Russia, media coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash is miles away from the way the situation is being depicted in the West. Kevin F. Platt talks about the role of Russian propaganda, and Dmitry Babich gives the perspective from Moscow.

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WQXR Blog

Valery Gergiev is Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Friday, June 20, 2014

Valery Gergiev tops a new ranking of Russia's highest-paid directors of theaters, museums and circuses, published by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Czech Violin Legends, Nielsen Chamber Music and LSO's Brahms

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Pavel Šporcl presents rare gems by Czech violinists, Denmark's Ensemble Midtvest serves up Nielsen chamber music, and the London Symphony plays Brahms.

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The Takeaway

Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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The Takeaway

Are New Russian Sanctions a Lost Cause?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Monday, President Obama announced new sanctions against Russian politicians and companies close to President Vladimir Putin. But if Putin has the Russian people in his pocket, he may not need the rich as badly as the West thinks.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

What a New Cold War Could Sound Like

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

One thing about the Cold War: It made for some great radio. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pressure Mounts on Crimea

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As he annexed Crimea and troops move in, Vladimir Putin gave a speech that Max Seddon, BuzzFeed Russia correspondent covering the crisis in Ukraine, calls "the most significant of his 14-year rule." We discuss the latest developments, including the seizure of a Ukrainian naval base by Russian troops in Sevastapol, Crimea, this morning.

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The Takeaway

What Will Putin Do Next?

Friday, March 07, 2014

As the crisis in Crimea continues to escalate, the threat of a new balkanization is fostering a sense of insecurity across the West. Rodger Baker, vice president of Asia-Pacific analysis at the global intelligence research firm Stratfor, explores Russia's occupation of Crimea. Though the conflict can have long-term geopolitical impacts, there is also a great deal of fear emerging in the Crimean peninsula for ethnic minorities. Natalia Antelava, a reporter for the BBC, The New Yorker and PRI's The World, explains.

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Money Talking

It's the Economy: The Roots of the Crisis in Ukraine

Friday, March 07, 2014

In Ukraine, what started as an economic crisis has turned political. What will it take to resolve the stalemate?

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WNYC News

Olympics Get Mixed Reviews From New York’s Russians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In Brighton Beach, televisions are tuned to Sochi. But loyalties are torn between the old country and the new. And opinions are divided about what the games say about Russia today.

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The Takeaway

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today marks day one of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, and the crisis in Syria will be hard to ignore due to the lingering tension between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joining us to explain is Edward Lucas, international editor of The Economist and author of “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West.”

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Operavore

Gay Rights Petition Puts Pressure on Metropolitan Opera Stars

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If it wasn’t Tchaikovsky, it may never have come up. But suddenly, opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned conductor Valery Gergiev now find themselves in an awkward circumstance.

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WQXR Blog

A Russian Music Playlist for Edward Snowden

Thursday, August 01, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has time to read the classics. But what pieces of music should he download to get a feel for the Russian soul? We asked some experts for suggestions.

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