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20 December 2014
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The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
Living, endangered, and dead languages of the world and of Russia
My Cat: Assistant, Doctor and Therapist
In our many thousand years of coexistence with cats, we've not only learnt to understand their behavior, but also to use their abilities effectively.
From February 7-23, Sochi hosted the XXII Winter Olympic Games. The Russian national team placed first with 33 medals, including 13 gold medals. This RIA Novosti infographics provides additional Olympic statistics.
The Traditions of Celebrating Maslenitsa
Maslenitsa is a cycle of folk holidays that has been observed in Russia since pagan times, celebrating the end of winter, the welcoming of spring and remembering dead ancestors.
Prize Money for Sochi Olympic Medalists
Prize money for gold, silver and bronze medalists of Russia and other countries
The Whats and Whys of Doping
Performance enhancing substances stimulate the nervous and endocrine systems, and increase muscle bulk, but their use is strictly prohibited
The first 13 ancient Olympic Games comprised only a single lap around a stadium. By the beginning of the fourth century BC, however, the Olympic program included five events.
RadioAstron Russian Space Observatory
Russia’s RadioAstron telescope has been named the largest orbital radio telescope by Guinness World Records. The telescope, with a diameter of 10 meters, was launched in July 2011 from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
Medals of the Sochi Olympics
In total, 98 sets of medals will be awarded in 7 sports at the Olympic Games in Sochi
Sochi Olympics Medal Count
Chronicle of the Ancient Olympic Games
The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC in the epoch of Homer. And the last in the age of antiquity were in 389 AD.
Countries and their Media Mentions
In 2013 the USA was the clear leader in the shortlists of countries' frequency of media mentions; Russia made the Top 10
Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics Venues
Sochi Olympic facilities and hostel complexes are located in two areas – the Coastal Cluster and the Mountain Cluster. Out of 400 Olympic facilities, only 11 will be used for competitions, while the rest make up the necessary infrastructure, namely roads, sewage treatment centers, power facilities, and hotel complexes.
Over the last 13 years, Russia waived more than $100 billion worth of other countries’ debt; meanwhile, its own public debt continues to grow
Winter Olympics: Facts and Figures
A total of 85 countries will take part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. About 3,000 athletes will compete for 98 sets of medals.
The Siege of Leningrad
Seventy years ago, on January 27, 1944, Soviet troops completely lifted the siege of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) by the Nazi troops. The siege lasted for 872 days.
Number of Police Officers and Homicide Statistics
Russia is ranked first in the Bloomberg Best (and Worst) rating of most heavily policed countries. The rating is based on per capita levels of police personnel.
Epiphany Ice-Water Font
Orthodox Christians celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord (Holy Theophany) by immersion in waters blessed by priests
Artificial Snow on the Slopes for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Organizers will be able to use artificial snow if there is any shortage of the real thing during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
10 Best Cold Fighters
Foods to eat to ward off a cold
Obama: Keystone Pipeline Will Not Affect US Gas Prices
US Court Confirms Misjudgment on Death Sentence Amid National Concerns
Day of Anger: Protests Against Police Brutality
Turkish Court Frees Media Workers Accused of Plotting Anti-Government Coup
Obama Still Concerned About Human Rights in Cuba
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
Putin Will Meet With Journalists at Annual Press Conference on December 18
Highlights of Putin's Big Annual Press Conference 2014
Top Secret Japanese Submarines Likely to Replace Australia's Aging Fleet
This Week in Pictures
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy