Many Russians in the far north have been waiting for more than two decades to be resettled in lower latitudes. They are caught between Moscow's grand plans for Arctic development and an exodus of aging Soviet workers longing to see flowers rather than blizzards in the springtime.
A new academic year is kicking off around the world, but for some American teens, the end of summer brings a close to a different school experience — learning their immigration history and family language in heritage summer schools.
In October 1957, a beach-ball sized metal globe hurtled through space a couple hundred miles above the United States. That orb was the first artificial Earth satellite — Sputnik. Sergei Khrushchev, former missile engineer and son of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, remembers the US-Soviet race into space.
The United States Board on Geographic Names will officially list the capital of Ukraine as Kyiv, not Kiev. It's the result of years of advocacy by the Ukrainian government to popularize the Ukrainian spelling. But why does it matter?
One of the many tensions in Ukraine has been over language. Ukrainian used to be considered the language of peasants, while Russian was the language of the educated. This story from our archives shows how the push-pull between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for many decades.
He was best known for writing lyrics for this tune. It's the national anthem of Russia. It was also the anthem of the old Soviet Union. Mikhalkov wrote different lyrics for each. The World's Alex Gallafent has more.