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A Massive Louis Vuitton Suitcase Descends On Moscow, Angering Russian Politicians

Capitalism, not in moderation.

Reuters

The Sochi Olympics Are Already Making Life Worse for Locals

Residents say construction for the Winter Games has led to damaged homes, dry wells and forced evictions.

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Moscow Introduces a Rather Unusual Way to Pay for the Subway: Squats

Thirty can win you one free subway ticket.

Reuters

The Sochi Olympic Torch Was Just Launched Into Space

It's the longest torch relay in history.

Sergey Novikov

Russia's Disappearing Movie Theaters

"We are losing lovely buildings, district cultural centers, and probably the perception of cinema as art."

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There's One Rainbow Flag the Kremlin Hasn't Banned

The flag of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast wasn't deemed "gay propaganda."

Denis Khripyakov

These Photo Distortions Breathe New Life Into Dreary Russian Landscapes

A photographer figures out how to infuse Ryazan with a "new emotion."

Watch This Thrill-Seeker Blast a Motorcycle Through the Russian Subway

Experience one man's wild ride down the stairs, along the platform, and back up the stairs again, all on a Motocross-style dirtbike.

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This Russian Library Just Hired a Stray Cat as Its Assistant Librarian

He's required to wear a bow tie, and gets paid in food.

Reuters

The Moscow Metro Is Like a Gorgeous Russian History Museum

The stations, built as a testament to Stalinism, offer marble walls, high ceilings, stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers.

Reuters

Putin Bans Protests, Most Drivers During the Sochi Olympics

And for a month before and after.

Reuters

Sochi Is on Track to Be the Most Expensive Olympics in History

Russia may spend as much as $50 billion on new sports venues, better public transit, and modernized electric power systems.

Reuters

Russia's Awful Anti-Gay Policies Could Kill Its Cities

The draconian laws will shut once cosmopolitan urban areas out of a global community.

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Russia to Back Off on Anti-Gay Laws During the Sochi Olympics

The concession is not about actually respecting gay rights, but "to be as politically correct and tolerant as we can be."

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A Giant Vortex of Wildfire Smoke Is Hovering Over Russia

The skies are clouded with ashy gas that's pouring from thousands of acres of burning plants.

Martin Adolfsson

Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions

Martin Adolfsson photographs upper-class subdivisions around the world without permission.

Reuters

The Sochi Winter Olympics Just Got A Lot More Expensive — and Dicey

A top Chechen rebel is urging militants to "do their utmost to derail" the Games.

Worst Postman of the Day: This Russian Package Tosser

Hope you didn't order anything breakable!

Reuters

Whose Idea Was It to Build a Winter Resort in the Warmest Part of Russia?

Putin's biggest critic talks about the troubles facing the Sochi Winter Olympics.