Russia increases troop strength in Syria

After the shooting down of a Russian military jet by Turkish forces, Moscow is increasing its troops in Syria. The Russian military is supposed to be equipped with a new anti-aircraft system. Moreover, prime minister Medvedev threatened to end mutual economic projects with Turkey. Nevertheless the Russian ambassador in France signaled that his country is … More Russia increases troop strength in Syria

Anti-doping agency wants Russia to be suspended from athletics competitions

After one year of investigation the World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) presented its results: According to chief investigator Richard Pound, a former Canadian Swimmer, the Russian athletics team is having a massive doping problem. Moreover, all this is well-known and tolerated by the state, the report stated. As a result of it the Wada is … More Anti-doping agency wants Russia to be suspended from athletics competitions

Air traffic between Russia and Ukraine stopped

Moscow and Kiev have stopped the direct air traffic between their two countries. According to Russian statements, about 800 000 people crossed the borders between Ukraine and Russia this year by plain. Allthough aircrafts are still commuting at the moment, the passengers will have to travel via an alternative route in the future. The list … More Air traffic between Russia and Ukraine stopped

Vodka – The Russian National Drink

Vodka: Who doesn’t know the strong alcoholic beverage that sometimes is the first thing to come to peoples’ mind  when they think about Russia? Ingredient of numerous cocktails and consequently the cause of many hung-over days it is definitely worth-while to discover the long history of the drink. First of all the term “vodka” originally … More Vodka – The Russian National Drink

Nobel prize for literature goes to Belarus

The Nobel prize for literature 2015 goes to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich. The commitee  awarded her the price  “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Alexievich, originally a journalist, manages to transfer a documentary writing style into her books by basing them on hundreds of interviews collected over … More Nobel prize for literature goes to Belarus

New Biography of Stalin published in Germany

At the end of September the German translation of Oleg V. Khlevniuk’s book “Stalin – New Biography of a dictator” has been published. What’s so special about this  approach to understand Stalin and his world better is Khlevniuk’s ability to connect the past situation to our modern world. He also points out in detail why … More New Biography of Stalin published in Germany