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Russia, Belarus Conduct Joint Military Exercises: Zapad-2013
International strategic exercises, Zapad 2013 (West 2013), are under way at five locations in Russia and Belarus. The exercises have been held once every two years since 2009.
Russia and North Korea Open Railway Link
North Korea and Russia on Sunday opened a 54-kilometer (33-mile) railway link connecting the insular republic’s port city of Rajin with the Russian border town of Khasan, as part of a project to expedite shipments and promote trade in the region.
A Virtual Tour of the Ancient Russian Region of Smolensk
Take a virtual trip to the Smolensk Region with this RIA Novosti photo essay.
Lethal and Legendary: The Pick of Russian Weapon Systems
On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin urged his country’s arms manufacturers to produce weapons that are superior to those of possible adversaries. “Our past successes are no reason to sit back and relax,” he said during a visit to the Kalashnikov gun maker. “We must constantly strive to stay on top of current demands.” He added that many of Russia’s legendary weapons were “no longer able to make the grade.”
The United States Capitol Through the Ages
President George Washington laid the cornerstone in the foundation of the US Capitol, the building atop Capitol Hill where the Congress meets for its sessions, 220 years ago, on September 18, 1793.
Volcanoes and Hot Springs on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula
Kamchatka Volcanoes Nature Park is the biggest protected area on the peninsula.
Siberian Enthusiast Recreates Disney’s Black Pearl Ship
Alexander Marchenko from Siberia has built a ship modeled on Captain Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl from the film “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Revered Monasteries and Dreaded Prison Camps: Solovetskiye Islands
The Solovetskiye Islands in the White Sea in the north of Russia are an archipelago of six large islands in the mouth of Onega Bay. A restricted national park area is located on Greater Solovetsky Island.
Russian Border Guards Exercise Near Vladivostok
Coast Guard units of the Russian Federal Security Service’s Border Service have been on exercise in the Peter the Great Gulf. Participants in the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum, now underway in Vladivostok, watched the exercise. In the exercise scenario, border guard units intercepted and stopped a “terrorist” ship during a simulated “combat” operation.
The Battle Over a Christian Enclave in War-Torn Syria
Syrian government troops have forced rebels out of the ancient Christian town of Maaloula. Find out more in this RIA Novosti photo chronicle.
Sochi 2014 – Just 150 Days to Go
There are 150 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Olympics. RIA Novosti’s image gallery shows how the city looks, with five months left until its major sports event.
Life on the Edge: The Shadow of Death on the Syria-Turkey Border
On the Syrian-Turkish border, villages regained from the rebels are turned into fortified strongholds controlled by the Syrian army.
Combat Commonwealth 2013 Air Defense Exercise
An active phase of the Combat Commonwealth 2013 air defense exercise, involving units from a joint air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), is being held at Russia’s Ashuluk firing range near the Caspian Sea on September 6 to 11.
Mi-17 Helicopter Production at the Kazan Helicopter Plant
The Kazan Helicopter Plant, which manufactures helicopters of the Mil Mi-8/17 family, is part of the Russian Helicopters holding company.
Election Day in Russia
Millions of Russians took to the polling booths on Sunday to cast their votes in regional and municipal elections.
Moscow Mayoral Race: Election Sunday
Moscow on Sunday will hold its first mayoral vote since Russia abolished popular elections of its regional leaders in 2004. The opposition has no chance of dethroning the Kremlin-appointed incumbent, but the vote’s outcome – including a possible runoff – will reveal a lot about the state of the protest movement in the capital. RIA Novosti presents the six men who are squaring off in the race to rule the city of 12 million. (Candidates are listed in order of their pre-vote polling results.)
Fireworks, Fountains and a Phoenix Rising at G20 Summit Show
The highlights of the water and music show at the G20 Summit.
Homs: Regained From Syrian Rebels
RIA Novosti photos show the ruined Syrian city of Homs after street fighting.
Blood and Gunpowder: Reenacting the Battle of Borodino
On September 1, Borodino Field in the Moscow Region’s Mozhaisk District hosted the annual Borodino Day International Military History Festival. Over 8,000 people came to watch the reenactment, which involved 1,000 people.
Kids Across Russia Go Back to School
The new school year began in schools across Russia on September 2. These pictures show what this first day at school is like for children in two Russian villages.
North Korea Warns US of Nuclear Response
Russia to Send Tenth Humanitarian Aid Convoy to East Ukraine on December 21
Kiev Sabotaging Upcoming Minsk Talks on Ukraine Crisis Settlement: DPR Head
Friend of Boston Bombing Suspect Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges
Hackers Obtain Personal Data From 1.16Mln Payment Cards: Staples Inc.
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
One Austrian Teenage Girl Recruited by IS Killed, Other Missing: Reports
Top Secret Japanese Submarines Likely to Replace Australia's Aging Fleet
Highlights of Putin's Big Annual Press Conference 2014
Jewish People Celebrating Hanukkah Around the Globe
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy