Rakteem Katakey & Will Kennedy, Bloomberg
Russia’s decision to give China a share of prized Arctic exploration licenses as part of a “breakthrough” deal signals how the world’s largest oil and gas producer and the biggest…
Shards of Turquoise Ice Jut Out of the World’s Largest Lake
Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of eastern Siberia in Russia, is an incredible natural wonder of the world that one can only hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s not just the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, at 20 to 25 million years old, it’s also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world’s freshwater.
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These photos are from expeditions to the impact area over 10 years after the event occurred. Crazy!
Allthough this blog is mostly about meteorology—the science of the weather—it’s worth commenting on the incredible meteor that streaked through the skies of Russia over the Ural Mountains near 9:20 am local time on Friday. The shock waves from the meteor blew out windows, collapsed the walls and…
Mirny Diamond Mine
The diamond mind in Mirny, Russia, a small town in eastern Siberia, is the second largest man-made hole in the world. At 1,722 meters deep, it takes one hour to drive to the bottom.
Fantastic underwater photos by Alexander Semenov, a marine biologist and a professional underwater photographer. Also he is a head of the scientific divers team at the White Sea Biological Station of Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Russia. The station was founded in 1938 and mostly it was built by enthusiasts who came here because of the amazing atmosphere that had being developed over many years at the station. This is an unusual and unique mix of students energy, serious science and the harsh northern nature.
PUSSY RIOT have been accused of blasphemy, but may have saved the soul of music and even rediscovered revolution for Russia.
Feminist punks Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will tomorrow show a defiant face to the might of church and state in Moscow, and in the process, reclaim the ethic that once made punk a force for freedom.
The trial of the three women arises from the wave of protests earlier this year against the dubious re-election of Vladimir Putin as Russian president.
Pussy Riot’s distinctive intervention came on February 21 when they stepped onto the altar of the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ Savior, bowed, blessed themselves and offered a “punk prayer” in the form of a song begging the Virgin Mary to “drive Putin out” and denouncing Patriarch Kirill as someone who believed more in preferment under Putin than in the grace of God.
They have been charged with “premeditated hooliganism…motivated by religious hatred.”
Pussy Riot have widely been presented as madcap activists out to provoke, which is true enough, but far from the full story. Maria (24) is a student and a member of Greenpeace, with a young son. Yekaterina (30) is a computer programmer and gay rights campaigner. Nadezhda (22) is a student at Moscow University, married with a four-year-old daughter.
It is not certain these are the three who pranced across the altar. There’s around a dozen women in Pussy Riot. They wear balaclavas and give interviews under interchangeable interesting nicknames—“Seraphim,” “The Cat,” “Terminator,” “Blondie,” “Dagwood,” “Schumacher,” etc.
The band was involved last year in painting a huge male organ on a drawbridge across the Neva in St. Petersburg so that when the bridge was lifted, the nearby offices of the political police saw a five-meter member majestically rise.