According to a recent Levada Center poll, nearly half of Russians (47%) say they support equal rights for LGBT people. We headed to the streets of Moscow to ask locals what they think about LGBT rights. … [Read more...] about What Do Russians Think About Equal Rights for LGBT People?
Sunday’s dramatic events in the Kerch Strait, where Russian troops seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, highlight the Kremlin’s resolve to hold on to the spoils of its aggression against Ukraine and flout its international obligations. They also show the lengths Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is willing to go to remain in power.The clash had been brewing since April, a month before the opening of a new 12-mile bridge across the Kerch Strait between the Russian mainland and annexed Crimea. The $3.4 billion project was the Kremlin’s way of demonstrating the permanence of the annexation. It also opened a supply route that doesn’t go through Ukrainian territory.The bridge was built without regard to Ukrainian shipping at two Azov Sea ports, Mariupol and Berdyansk; its central arch is just 33 meters tall, keeping out more than a hundred ships that have regularly docked at the ports. They account for about 9 percent … [Read more...] about Putin and Poroshenko Don’t Want All-Out War (Op-ed)
Nearly one in five Russians would vote for a made-up Vladimir Putin protege in next year’s presidential elections, an experimental Levada Center poll cited by the Vedomosti newspaper said on Wednesday.The Central Elections Committee confirmed this week that the next presidential elections, in which Vladimir Putin is expected to seek and win a fourth term, will take place on March 18, 2018.Levada’s experiment showed that 18 percent of those polled were ready to cast their ballot for a fictional “Andrei Semyonov,” Vedomosti reported. Another 15 percent said they were ready to support “Semyonov" having never heard of him. Another 11 percent claimed to have heard of Semyonov, who the pollster suggested enjoys Putin’s support. Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya told Vedomosti they may not be lying on purpose but are either uninterested in politics or “are giving a socially approved answer.”“But the two-thirds of Russians not ready to … [Read more...] about One in Five Russians Would Vote for Fake Putin Protege
Read the English version here Восемь лет назад я работал в Газете.Ру, которая входила в ИД Коммерсант. Тогда — самое крутое интернет-СМИ России: огромная аудитория, лучшая цитируемость, бойкая … [Read more...] about Я знаю, что такое работа в медиа Алишера Усманова
Residents of St. Petersburg, Russia's "culture capital," proved their sophistication goes beyond humans and extends to other residents of the city, too. Right in the center of a busy road, drivers came to a stop and patiently waited as two ducks (very conscientiously and calmly) waddled their way across a busy street. Human residents are familiar with the chosen route of the daring duo: The traffic-stoppers were on their way from the Palace Embankment of the Neva River to the Summer Garden, presumably for some well-deserved fun in the fountains. Here's a look at their afternoon adventure. … [Read more...] about St. Petersburg Drivers Stop for Two Ducks on a Date