Teodor Currentzis is recording Mozart's Da Ponte operas in grueling sessions in Perm, a Russian town better know for prison gulags that soaring oratorios. It's part of his rejection — if not hatred — of the norms of the classic music scene.
The US says Russia is stepping up its military presence in Syria. The Russians appear to be building an air force base that could lend direct assistance to the regime of embattled president Bashar al-Assad. Other reports speak of troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers on the ground. What is actually going on? And why?
The Olympics — packaged to perfection by Russian President Vladimir Putin and television— is giving us a glossy makeover of a country that few people really understand. The World's Andrew Sussman, a former Moscow correspondent, says it's hard to find the real Russia.
Pro-Russian militants appear to be consolidating their control over towns and cities across the Ukrainian province of Donetsk. Threats of Ukrainian military action failed to materialize. Ukraine says Russia is behind the unrest, and says Moscow has sent in troops without insignia, just as they did in Crimea last month.
The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.
Tabloid news outlets are calling him the Russian Rambo. Alexander Prokhorenko was a Russian special forces soldier who died in Syria on March 19. It’s being reported that he called in an airstrike on his own position as it was being overrun by ISIS fighters. But how true is the story?