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.
Pavel Litvinov is no stranger to Russian prisons. He's a former Soviet dissident and a retired math teacher now living in the US. But as he wrote recently in an op-ed letter to the Washington Post, "Disastor has struck my home."
Russia justified its annexation of Crimea with the argument that it has a duty to protect Russians there. There are millions Russians scattered elsewhere in eastern Europe. So anxiety is rising. We look at one nation in detail, Estonia.
Russian authorities destroyed Dutch flowers and removed California wines from shelves, citing health concerns. Many suspect political motivations behind the recent moves, which followed similar Russian actions destroying European foods.
Twenty-five years ago, at the height of the Cold War, a Soviet court sentenced 19-year-old West German Mathias Rust to four years in prison. He flew a single engine plane into Moscow and taxied into Red Square.