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“Absurd” legal proceedings see Russian activist Yulia Tsvetkova sent to court, and possibly jail, over body-positive art
In Russia, all you need to indict a prominent artist is a feminist manifesto, a few paintings and footage of Carrie Bradshaw.
Thousands detained within the past month while protesting the arrest of poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Activists and human rights advocates express alarm over new laws limiting civic expression.
Do vulnerable people need protection and safe places where they can thrive without being marginalized? Or will an excessive focus on safety create bubbles or inhibit discussions and societal change? “Safe spaces” evoke strong emotions, but the idea that we must choose between safety and action is false. Understanding this is urgent.
The head of Roscosmos, Russia's national space agency, releases a playlist of songs that shore up the country's political presence in a time of instability and change.
Recent studies have shown that political polarization has roots in the family, Josh Nadeau writes. What does that mean for parents and children, and how can they encourage a culture of community instead of contempt?
Boris Konakov responds to homophobia in Russia by organizing the nation's first art biennale.
The Altai Mountains are arguably one of Russia’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Here are a few tips for looking past the tourist traps and going on a real adventure.
Claims over a disputed territory in the Caucasus has led to a deadly resurgence in fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Two Russian-brokered ceasefires have failed to contain the conflict, and peace may depend on Moscow leveraging its relationship with Turkey.
In a remote Alaskan village, a unique Russian dialect has survived into the present. How many linguistic connections does North America have with the Russian Federation?