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The Dacha Is Russia's Summer Cure For Urban Life

Friday, August 06, 2021

The dacha — a Russian summer home that can be anything from a shack to an oligarch's faux chateau — is both an escape from the city and a state of mind that permeates the country's life and culture.


Russia's 'Foreign Agent' Law Targets Journalists, Activists, Even Ordinary Citizens

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The recently expanded law says that freelance journalists, YouTube bloggers and practically anyone else who receives money from abroad and voices a political opinion can be considered a foreign agent.


The U.S. Climate Envoy Went To Moscow And Talked About More Than Climate

Thursday, July 15, 2021

John Kerry, the former secretary of state and now President Biden's special envoy for climate, is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Moscow since Biden took office.


U.S. Envoy John Kerry Discusses Climate Change With Russian Officials In Moscow

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is in Moscow, making him the highest-ranking Biden administration official thus far to visit the Russian capital.


Russian Cyberattacks Present Serious Threat To U.S.

Friday, July 09, 2021

Russia's cyberwarfare activity was a focus of President Biden's meeting with President Vladimir Putin last month. Analysts say it is the great leveler when it comes to Russia-U.S. competition.


Russia Says It Fired Warning Shots At A British Warship Which Approached Crimea

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Russia forcibly annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The international community does not recognize Russian sovereignty over the peninsula.


A U.S. Student Who Went Missing In Russia Is Found Dead

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Catherine Serou, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen, is found dead a few days after she was feared abducted. A suspect in her killing, a man in his early 40s with past convictions, has been arrested.


A U.S. Citizen Has Gone Missing In Russia, Sparking A Criminal Investigation

Friday, June 18, 2021

Catherine Serou, a U.S. citizen studying in Russia, has been missing since she got into a car with a stranger earlier this week.


The Biden-Putin Summit Is Over. Both Sides Say It Was Positive

Thursday, June 17, 2021

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their much-anticipated summit in Geneva. They talked for about three hours. What are the outcomes of that meeting for both countries?


What Biden And Putin's Meeting Could Mean For U.S.-Russia Relations

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

After weeks of planning, the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden has ended. The two leaders' meeting lasted four hours.


5 Views From Belarus On The Country's Political Crisis

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Nearly a year after Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown, "None of us doubt that we will prevail," an activist tells NPR. Others sound worried. "Every day is a little scarier," says one.


5 Things To Watch At The Biden-Putin Summit

Monday, June 14, 2021

The June 16 Geneva summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is a chance for the two leaders to map out how they will manage a difficult relationship. Here's what to know.


Russia And U.S. Seek Stability At First Post-Trump Summit

Friday, June 04, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with NPR White House and Moscow correspondents Ayesha Rascoe and Lucian Kim about what to expect when Presidents Biden and Putin meet for the Geneva summit later in June.


EU Asks All EU-Based Airlines To Avoid Belarusian Airspace After Forced Landing

Monday, May 24, 2021

The move comes a day after Belarus ordered a Ryanair flight to make an emergency landing in Minsk due to reports of a bomb aboard, in a ruse to apprehend an opposition activist.


Why Belarus Went To Such Lengths To Arrest Journalist Roman Protasevich

Monday, May 24, 2021

More details have emerged about how the Belarusian regime seized an opposition activist, Roman Protasevich, from a commercial airline flight.


Ryanair Flight Carrying An Opposition Journalist Is Forced To Land In Belarus

Monday, May 24, 2021

There is international outrage over the actions of the regime in Belarus, which diverted an international passenger flight on Sunday in order to seize an opposition activist who was on board.


Belarus Intercepts Flight Carrying Opposition Activist

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The authorities in Belarus forced a passenger flight to land in the capital of Minsk and then detained an opposition leader who was one of the passengers on board.


Russian Show 'Fake News' Wages Lone Battle Against The Kremlin's TV Propaganda

Saturday, May 15, 2021

There is almost no news alternative to government propaganda on Russian television — save for one channel known as TV Rain. But it only streams on the Web after cable dropped.


At Least 9 Dead In School Shooting In Russia

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Officials say a 19-year-old former student at a school in the Russian city of Kazan opened fire there Tuesday, killing at least seven students, a teacher and a school worker.


Despite Hundreds Of Daily COVID-19 Deaths In Russia, Moscow Streets Are Bustling

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Russian officials report thousands of new COVID-19 cases and hundreds of deaths everyday, but that's not reflected on the streets of Moscow, where people act as if the pandemic is over.