Despite it being 20 years since the Soviet Union came apart, Russia is still struggling to determine what it means to be Russian — what the nations values really are.
During the Soviet era, many Russians say they didn't really worry about how much things cost. Choices weren't abundant so you made do with what you could get. And things were cheaper.
For 50-some years, the Cold War dominated life in Russia, Europe and the United State. In the nearly two decades since it ended, though, the physical manifestations of those decades are rapidly disappearing. A museum in California is hoping to hang on to the past and make it real for the future.
The Russia ship Sparta hit ice last week near Antarctica and has been struggling to remain afloat while the crew awaits a rescue that is still days away.
Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party were the target of protests across Russia on Friday, the largest rally since the downfall of the Soviet Union. They say Putin and his party stole the legislative elections last week and are demanding a new election.
After the Bolshevik Revolution, communist leaders in Russia solved the urban housing crisis by seizing the luxury apartments of the rich and turning them into communal housing projects, the kommunalka. Each family got a room and then all the families, three, four, five of them, shared the kitchen and bathrooms. Some older Russians miss those times.
Dmitry Medvedev, in the wake of protests by thousands of Russians, announced over the weekend that the results of the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections would be recounted. But the election, which many western observers pronounced as fraudulent, also may be the reason that Vladimir Putin will face a new and stronger challenger in the upcoming presidential election.
Governments around the world are investing in training "kids" in cyber hacking in the hopes that they could be useful in a cyber war. And in this emerging area of warfare, the advantages the United States often has in warfare may not apply.
In the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, the akyns, or poets, occupy an important role. Part entertainer, part reporter, these cultural icons are helping tell the story of the nation's democratization.
Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko survived being sent to Josef Stalin's Gulag for crimes he didn't commit in the mid-20th Century. Now he runs a museum that looks at the history of the forced-labor camps in Soviet Union.