By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) - A street in New York City has been renamed after the famous writer Sergei Dovlatov, marking the first time in history that the city has honored a Russian author in such a way.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) - Doctors in New York can now prescribe medical marijuana to select patients after State governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on Monday.
By Vasili Sushko Plattsburgh, NY (VR) – The one-year anniversary of the deadly oil train derailment was recently marked in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The fourth deadliest Canadian rail accident occurred after a runaway freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, destroying more than 30 buildings and killing 47people.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Last month, world-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser and his girlfriend Vasti Geldenhuys became the first pair to travel to America from Africa by rowboat. The South African couple left Morocco six months ago and after rowing more than 6,000 miles they arrived in New York City on June 20.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – All New York City residents may soon apply for a municipal-ID card following a City Council vote on Thursday that has moved the plan one step forward to being implemented. The cards will provide a photo-ID to residents who otherwise have no other form of identification.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – “The Notorious Mr. Bout” did little to spark the question about whether or not Viktor Bout’s extradition to the U.S. from Thailand was in fact legal. Nor did it explain that Bout had in fact broken no U.S. laws prior to a D.E.A orchestrated sting operation, and that he received the minimum sentence for his alleged crimes. Still, it could have been a lot worse.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – When talking about the world of puppetry, there is perhaps no organization more prominent than the Moscow State Puppet Theatre. Founded in 1931 by world famous puppeteer Sergey Obraztsov, the theater is a Soviet tradition that still prospers today. “During the Soviet Union, our theater was extremely popular,” said Irina Korchevnikova, head of the Sergei Obraztsov Puppet Theater.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) –Some English-speaking students in New York City public schools have been labeled non-English speaking to give them more time to finish their Regents tests. Radio VR's New York City correspondent Vasili Sushko tells host Ric Young that the students were able to take advantage of accommodations that are given to former English language learners, according to the New York Post.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – A select few New Yorkers can soon get high legally thanks to a bill that would put New York into the pool of states that have legalized medical marijuana. On Thursday, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is in support of the legislation that has been heavily debated within the state for years.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – At first it appeared that Lacey Spears, a 26-year-old mother of one, was simply dealt a bad hand. Her 5-year-old son, Garnett, was born with various health problems and has been in and out of hospitals his entire life until he suddenly died in January. Spears had created an Internet blog titled “Garnett’s Journey,” where she documented his medical problems and blogged about his declining health.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) – Johannes Breyer, a 89 –year old Philadelphia man is accused of serving as a World War 2 Nazi guard at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, where hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – As extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continue their parade of terror throughout Iraq, a new and chilling revelation has put New York City under threat.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Fans of Russian soccer are excited that their team has qualified for the World Cup and over the course of the next few weeks the excitement will multiply or seize to exist.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Parents, lawmakers and anti-gun advocates joined marched in New York City over the weekend in an effort to raise awareness for the need for more gun laws.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) –Daniil Kvyat has had an illustrious start to a Formula 1 career, to say the least. Kvyat, 20, was the youngest driver to score points in Formula 1 history and remains the youngest driver on the grid today. A native of Ufa, Russia, Daniil currently races for Toro Rosso and has earned four points in just six races thus far this season. Currently in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, Daniil took some time to speak with Radio VR correspondent Vasili Sushko.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown takes place each year at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, and this year’s excitement surrounding the horse California Chrome has drawn much attention to a sport that over the past decade has been in decline.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – It’s the largest gang bust in the history of New York City. It all happened in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in the Harlem section of Manhattan. This is where hundreds of police officers, many heavily armed and dressed in SWAT gear, swept through two public housing sections, the Manhattanville projects and the Grant Houses, in an effort to bring in as many associated gang members as possible.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) - A shocking charge against a former New York City district attorney, he used seized drug money to fund his election campaign to become the borough's top cop. Radio VR New York City correspondent Vasili Sushko tells host Ric Young that Charles Hynes, the former Brooklyn DA used drug money seized from dealers to help run his campaign.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VR) – This past weekend left 13 people shot, one child stabbed to death, and the woman involved in the Donald Sterling/LA Clippers drama, beaten by two male attackers in New York City. That's what Radio VR New York City correspondent Vasili Sushko tells host Ric Young.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Frustration over New York City’s new 9-1-1 call system is boiling over. An oversight hearing of the City Council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Services committee regarding the issue took place on Friday, just days after the latest set of botched 9-1-1 calls were released to the public.