In eastern Ukraine, the scene of Europe’s first civil war in a generation, a new group has found a home. Russia’s infamous ultra-nationalist Night Wolves biker gang has established an armed base near the rebel-held city of Luhansk.
On YouTube, the music video has attracted more than 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song “Display Exhibit” (“Exponat”) stands out as a massive hit. The song tells the story of a young woman going on a date with a man named Serge to an art exhibit featuring work by Vincent van Gogh.
Jay Close has built houses, jumped out of planes, and cooked food for the Rolling Stones. Now he's a cheese maker in Russia who's reaping the benefits of Moscow's embargo on Western food imports. And this American is awfully popular right now with his Russian customers and the media.
With his country battling pro-Russian separatists in the east, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk drops some loaded language into the international debate. But are they fighting words, or words designed to evoke sympathy for Ukraine?
There's an obscure sliver of land tucked between Moldova and Ukraine. And suddenly, it has become big news, as analysts speculate whether it will be the next region to be annexed by Russia. The World's Patrick Cox has visited the region, which lives in an identity limbo.
There was something of a diplomatic bright spot on Thursday, when representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the US agreed on steps to take to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine. But the crisis is a long way from over and one expert says there's still a great deal of danger ahead.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits at the top of a power structure he helped create. But it wasn't always this way. He was once an unemployed KGB agent looking for a job. He proved a master at upward mobility.
To get a taste of Sochi, without the hassle of traveling to Russia, step into New York's Brighton Beach neighborhood. The Russian enclave in Brooklyn is where you'll find the Olympic games on every available TV.
Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.
Russia's standoff with Ukraine over Crimea seems to have stabilized for the moment. But tensions remain high, and not just in Ukraine. Many in Eastern Europe see parallels between the current situation and the days leading up to World War II.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine is putting a serious dent in tourism in Crimea — unless you're Russian. While Ukrainians and Europeans are staying away from the newly-annexed peninsula, Russians are making their usual beach trips there, and say the region is rightfully theirs.