January 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian evacuees from war-torn Syria, mostly worried-looking women and children, emerged from two government airplanes Wednesday into the predawn chill of the Moscow winter. Several of the evacuees spoke of the mounting hardships in their adopted country, and of an uncertain fate in a motherland they have not known for years. Many of them left Russia a decade or more ago after marrying Syrian men who had come to Russia to study or work. Now their families were escaping danger in a Syria they had come to love.
January 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian evacuees from war-torn Syria, mostly women and children with worried eyes, emerged Wednesday from two government airplanes into the predawn chill of the Moscow winter. Several spoke of the mounting hardships in their adopted country - and of an uncertain fate in a motherland they have not known for years. Many of the 77 evacuees had departed Russia a decade or more ago after marrying Syrian men who had gone to Russia to study or work and then returned home with loved ones.
August 17, 2012 |
After being found guilty of hooliganism Friday morning, the three young members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were each sentenced to two years in prison by a Moscow judge. The band faced a maximum of seven years. Amid a volatile atmosphere outside the courthouse that reportedly included hundreds of supporters, Judge Marina Syrova in her sentencing said the three women "committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred," according to Associated Press reports. The three women -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- had argued that they were taking a stand against the Russian Orthodox Church's support for Vladimir Putin and were not seeking to offend religious believers. PHOTOS: Russian punk rockers on trial The women were charged with hooliganism after performing an unapproved, impromptu set at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow in February.
April 5, 2012 |
For more than a year, Russia has prohibited its government-run museums from sending artworks to exhibitions in the United States. The ban has frustrated and puzzled American museum officials, because it was spurred by a legal decision unrelated to anything the museums themselves have done. Diplomacy has failed to lift it. Hopes have risen recently that the impasse can be broken by a bipartisan bill that passed unopposed in the U.S. House of Representativeson March 19 and is pending in the Senate judiciary committee.
May 26, 2011 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is caught in the middle of a legal and diplomatic dispute that has prompted Russian authorities to ban art loans to U.S. museums because of an American court decision in favor of the Jewish religious group Chabad. The Russian cultural ban already has aborted one U.S. museum exhibition, forced the indefinite postponement of another, and could prevent LACMA from showing 38 artworks in a major exhibition on Islamic art set to open June 5. Russia's actions are the result of a ruling in a U.S. District Court last summer that Russia must restore a trove of religious books and manuscripts to Chabad, a prominent international ministry based in New York City.
February 14, 2011 |
They're a chain of windswept, resource-rich Russian-held islands much closer to Tokyo than to Moscow, and they're at the center of a festering diplomatic row that in recent days has soured relations between Japan and Russia. An irate Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan last week pressed home the decades-long dispute, calling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's November visit to the islands over which both nations assert sovereignty an "unforgivable outrage. " On Friday, at a hastily arranged Moscow news conference involving the two sides, the Russian government fired back ?