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Russia Marks Strategic Missile Force Day
Every December 17, Russia marks Strategic Missile Force Day. The Strategic Missile Force is one of the main service arms of the Russian Armed Forces and the principal component of its strategic nuclear forces.
Removing Protesters’ Barricades in Kiev
Street protests have been taking place in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities since the government announced on November 21 that it would postpone signing free trade and association agreements with the EU in favor of strengthening ties with Moscow.
Siberian Air Base Gets New Su-30SM Fighter Jets
An aviation regiment equipped with the latest generation of Russian fighter jets is currently being formed in Siberia’s Baikal region.
Lion and Lioness Reveal Their Two Cubs to the Public at Novosibirsk Zoo
A lion couple, Nati and Zeus, had two cubs at the Novosibirsk zoo in late October. A few days ago, the little cubs ventured outdoors for the first time.
Protest in Kiev: Parliament and Tent Camps
The bulk of protesters who have been holding rallies outside government offices and the presidential administration marched Tuesday to the parliament, where opposition parties tried, but failed, to force the ouster of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s government.
How Rockets Are Made at the Progress Plant
Intro: Progress State Research and Production Rocket Space Center, located in the south-western Russian city of Samara, manufactures Soyuz launch vehicles. The rockets are subsequently delivered to space launch facilities.
Riot Police Descend on Kiev Protests
Riot police dispersed a protest early on November 30 against Ukraine’s recent decision not to sign planned agreements that would strengthen its ties with the EU. Supporters of EU integration in downtown Kiev said they had no plans to stop the protests.
Journey to the Center of the Earth – for Medical Help
Speleotherapy, a form of treatment using the air of disused salt mines and caves, reached Belarus in 1990. The Belarusian city of Soligorsk has a unique underground speleotherapy clinic.
Russia Floats Out ‘Stealth’ Submarine
A St. Petersburg-based shipyard on Thursday floated out the first of six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines to be delivered to the Black Sea Fleet in the next two years.
Red Square as Flowerbed, Runway and Ice Rink
This RIA Novosti photo chronicle shows the other unorthodox uses to which the Red Square has been put.
The Most Beautiful Girl in Russia and Her Rivals
Anastasia Trusova from Vladimir is the winner of the Russian Beauty 2013 contest.
An Excursion into the Past: Highlights of Russian Hound Hunting
Last weekend, a group of people dressed in vintage costumes gathered at the Avanpost Ranch in the Moscow region town of Mozhaisk for a recreation of a 19th century hound hunt.
Anadyr, a Russian City Built on Permafrost
Anadyr, called Kagyrgyn in the Chukchi language, is the capital of the Chukotka region. It is located on a bank of the Kazachka River, which runs into the Gulf of Anadyr in the Bering Sea. The city stands on permafrost.
Olympic Flame Reaches Buryat Republic
Buddhist monks greeted the Sochi Olympic flame as it arrived in the Eastern Siberian Republic of Buryatia on Thursday.
A Torch Made of Fish: Siberian Centenarian Trains for Olympic Relay
Running with a 2.86 kg Olympic torch is not as easy as it seems. Alexander Kaptarenko, a centenarian torchbearer from Novosibirsk, has bought a frozen Siberian salmon and has been carrying it in place of a torch for a month in preparation for the relay.
Faberge Museum in St.Petersburg: Easter Gifts and Other Exhibits
The ceremonial opening of the Faberge Museum took place in St.Petersburg on Tuesday. The museum, located in the Shuvalovsky Palace on the Fontanka River embankment, will be open for visitors from December. The collection features over 4,000 works of decorative and fine art including gold and silver items and paintings as well as items made of porcelain and bronze.
Russia’s Famous Missile and Artillery Systems
Russia marks Missile and Artillery Forces Day on November 19. RIA Novosti presents the best missile and artillery systems that have been or currently are in service with the Soviet and Russian army.
The Kyrgyzstan Bodybuilding and Body Fitness Cup took place in the capital Bishkek a few days ago.
The 25th Anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Answer to Shuttle
Twenty-five years ago on Friday, the Soviet Union flew the Buran reusable spacecraft, modeled on NASA’s Space Shuttle, into orbit for the first and last time.
Ice Swimming Season Gets Underway in Russian City of Norilsk
Members of the Umka winter swimming club in the Siberian city of Norilsk have already marked the beginning of the new ice swimming season. Daytime temperatures in Norilsk have already fallen to lower than 15 degrees Celsius below zero.
Syrian Data Gives Ground to Suspect IS of Toxic Chemicals Use: Moscow
Global Markets Rejoice as Oil Prices Stabilize to Near $60/bbl
US Provoked Oil Prices Fall to Attack Venezuela, Russia: Evo Morales
Russian Banks Hike Deposit Rates Amidst Interbank Lending Crisis
FBI Backed Talks With IS to Save Kassig: Report
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
Obama Signs Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Psaki
EU Foreign Policy Chief Agrees to Impose New Sanctions Against Russia
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