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Ukraine's identity crisis is nothing new

Ukraine has been gripped by demonstrations for weeks now. Protesters want the President to keep his promise and sign a deal with the European Union. The deal would bail out the country's broken finances and bring it into closer association with Brussels. Russia doesn't like that. It's not the first time in Ukraine's history that is has to decide between East and West.

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Global Politics

Russia feels the pinch

The global financial crisis has hit Russia's oil and gas industries, the backbone of the economy, and ordinary Russians are starting to feel the pain. The World's Laura Lynch reports from Moscow.

Arts, Culture & Media

The end of the Volga

In just a few weeks an icon of the Soviet Union will roll off the assembly line for the last time. The Volga sedan once ruled the road in Russia. The World's Laura Lynch brings us this report from the streets of Moscow.

Global Politics

Putin issues gas warning

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned today that the era of inexpensive natural gas is coming to an end. As one of the world's largest gas producers, Russia is a key player in the energy market.

Conflict & Justice

Attacks on Russian journalists

Jessica Golloher reports from Moscow on recent attacks suffered by Russian journalists. Two men who were attacked recently had reported on efforts to stop developers from cutting down trees around Moscow to make room for new highways.

Global Politics

The new Cold what?

Europe is still reverberating from the Georgian conflict as French President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to visit Russia this week. Edward Lucas from the Economist tells us why we should be careful with the language we use to describe the tensions between Russia and the West. It's not the old Cold War; it's a new Cold ... What?

Conflict & Justice

Russia's Hipsters on the Big Screen

The World's Alex Gallafent looks at a Russian movie, Hipsters, arriving in American theaters. It's American-style hipsters in 1950s Moscow. The film's director says there are some parallels with the current wave of anti-Putin protesters in Russia today.