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Crypto becomes lifeline for cash-strapped Russians amid war, sanctions

Western countries have put extensive financial sanctions on Russia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Some Russians at home and abroad have turned to cryptocurrency to keep themselves afloat. 

Crypto becomes lifeline for cash-strapped Russians amid war, sanctions
Popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron played to a packed club in Istanbul to raise funds for Ukrainians and their fight against Russia.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 
Alexei Navalny is shown wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and standing with his arms folded in a glass cage in a Russian courtroom.

Russia expels Western diplomats over Navalny rally

Russia expels Western diplomats over Navalny rally
In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, students come out of a school building in St. Petersburg, Russia.

What Russian college students learn about US elections, history and race relations

What Russian college students learn about US elections, history and race relations
Several young men are shown looking past the camera with some wearing glasses.

'If not I, then who?’: Armed with the internet, Russia’s young people want to remake their world

'If not I, then who?’: Armed with the internet, Russia’s young people want to remake their world
Voters in Ohio cast their votes during the 2016 US presidential election.

US grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals in election meddling probe

Russia's Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election," the indictment states.

US grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals in election meddling probe
A man mourns next to a memorial site for the victims of a blast in the St. Petersburg subway on April 4.

Russia says St. Petersburg metro blast was a suicide bomb that killed 14

Russian authorities Tuesday confirmed a suicide bomber was responsible for the metro blast that killed 14 people in Saint Petersburg, as the city began three days of mourning.

Russia says St. Petersburg metro blast was a suicide bomb that killed 14
General view of emergency services attending the scene outside Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, following explosions in two train carriages in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 3.

Russia is investigating the St. Petersburg metro blast as a suspected 'act of terror'

Around 10 people were feared dead and dozens injured Monday after an explosion rocked the metro system in Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg, according to authorities, who were not ruling out a terror attack.

Russia is investigating the St. Petersburg metro blast as a suspected 'act of terror'
The World Press Photo of the Year -- a portrait of Jon and Alex

How an award-winning photo made this couple the public face of LGBT rights in Russia

A Danish photographer set out to document homophobia in Russia. But he wound up taking an award-winning photo that documents love.

How an award-winning photo made this couple the public face of LGBT rights in Russia
Russia's President Vladimir Putin makes his annual New Year address to the nation in Moscow December 31, 2014.

Five corrupt moves that helped make Putin the most powerful man in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits at the top of a power structure he helped create. But it wasn't always this way. He was once an unemployed KGB agent looking for a job. He proved a master at upward mobility.

Five corrupt moves that helped make Putin the most powerful man in Russia
Apple monument in Russia

Russia's Steve Jobs memorial looks set to leave the country

When Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, publicly revealed that he was gay, it was met largely with support and, frankly, little surprise. Cook hadn't been in the closet, he just hadn't talked about it publicly. But one place where the announcement was panned was Russia, and in response a Russian university took down a memorial that been erected to Apple's founding CEO, Steve Jobs.

Russia's Steve Jobs memorial looks set to leave the country
A Russian tank drives past the Kremlin during a rehearsal for the Victory parade on Moscow's Red Square on May 5, 2014.

An American faces a bewildering end to her decade in Russia

American Jennifer Gaspar is married to a Russian and has lived in the country for ten years. As of August 8, she's no longer welcome to stay. Her American citizenship, work with NGOs and prominent husband might have something to do with it — but no one is sure.

An American faces a bewildering end to her decade in Russia
Communist flags are reflected in a lingerie shop window during a traditional Labor Day march in St. Petersburg in 2013.

The Russian government has banned lingerie — for your health

The Russian Parliament is on a tear lately when it comes to banning things. But earlier this month, one ban came into effect that has lingerie lovers upset.

The Russian government has banned lingerie — for your health
Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to Rosneft President and close adviser Igor Sechin.  Sechin is said to be the second most powerful man in Russia.

Russia's second most powerful man becomes the target of new US sanctions

A new round of US sanctions against Russia is taking aim at several members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle. One of them is Igor Sechin, considered the Russian energy czar and a close adviser to Putin.

Russia's second most powerful man becomes the target of new US sanctions
Graffiti portrait of Taras Shevchenko in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

A 19th-century poet is a symbol of resistance in Ukraine

Every March 9, Ukrainians celebrate the father of Ukrainian literature, poet Taras Shevchenko. But this year — on his 200th birthday — the celebrations took on special meaning. Centuries ago, Shevchenko was an advocate for an independent Ukraine, free of Russian domination.

A 19th-century poet is a symbol of resistance in Ukraine