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Vladimir Putin Extends Olive Branch of Sorts In New Year’s Message to Obama

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On Wednesday (December 31), Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out New Year’s greetings to a number of current and former public officials around the world. Among these greetings was one addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama. In the greeting, Putin said that both Russia and the U.S. share mutual responsibility for maintaining international peace. Putin added that, “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully,” despite the tense relationship between the two countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin also referenced the upcoming 70th

Archaeologists Unearth Remains of 6,000-Year-Old Temple in Ukraine

trypillian temple

The Trypillians were an ancient society that lived from about 5400 to 2700 BC, inhabiting a large region from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in modern-day Romania to the Dnieper River in modern-day Ukraine. The Trypillian people were a largely agrarian (farm-based) society, and get their name from the ancient village of Trypillia, which was located in the Kiev region of Ukraine. The Trypillians were known for their advanced agricultural practices, as well as their sophisticated architecture and highly-advanced metallurgy (the science of metal working and

Russia/U.S. Tension Grows: U.S. Sends 100 Tanks Into Eastern Europe To Counter “Russian Aggression”

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According to The Washington Times… “The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression”. ”   The aggression being referred to is in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the recent Ukrainian uprising, and the continued presence of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are still skirmishing with pro-Russian rebels. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in eastern Ukraine, but NATO (the North

Is the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union Ready For the World Stage?

On May 29th, 2014, the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty establishing the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), also known simply as the Eurasian Union. Earlier this month, on October 9th, 2014, a treaty to add Armenia to the EEU was signed. This Union will officially go into effect on January 1st, 2015. When it does, it will be the most advanced organization for regional cooperation the former Soviet bloc (ie. countries that were once part of the Soviet Union)

Why A Russian Protestor Cut Off Part of His Own Ear With A Butcher Knife

Photo Credit: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has gained a reputation for his somewhat shocking form of political demonstration. Pavlensky is known for his extreme self-harming protest tactics, and just this month he may have outdone himself by cutting off part of his right ear with a butcher knife in public. This was not the first incident like this. In fact, Pavlensky has a history of self-harming performances like this one. According to Vocativ… “In 2012 he sewed his lips shut to protest the jail sentences

Thousands of Russians In Moscow and St. Petersburg March In Anti-War Protests

Large crowds holding both Russian and Ukrainian flags flood the streets of Moscow to protest Russia's covert actions in Ukraine (Photo: RIA Novosti)

Today, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities across Russia, thousands of Russian citizens protested what they see as a covert war being carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine. The protests mark the largest demonstrations since Russian President Vladimir Putin was re-elected to a third term in May of 2012. SONAR, an independent monitoring group that counted protestors as they passed through security checkpoints, estimated that around 26,000 protestors took part in the Moscow marches alone. NATO released satellite

8 Russian Military Aircraft Intercepted By U.S. and Canadian Air Force

Yesterday evening, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) reported that a total of 8 Russian military aircraft had been intercepted along the west coasts of Canada and Alaska on Thursday. The crafts were intercepted in two separate events. In one encounter, two American F-22s based in Alaska intercepted, “two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers” that flew within 55 nautical miles (63.3 regular miles) of the Alaskan coast. NORAD reported that as the

Forgotten: The Coolest Abandoned Places In the World (Pictures)

Dadipark- Dadizel, Belgium

We as humans have proven to be phenomenal architects and builders, constructing amazing buildings, monuments, amusement parks and countless other structures. However, we’ve also proven to be somewhat fickle, often abandoning our creations when they are no longer useful or entertaining to us. As nature reclaims these places, it creates an enchanting scene, juxtaposing human development and the natural world in a way that we can’t help but be intrigued by. Check out some of the coolest examples in the pictures below (click an image

More Than A Third of Germany’s Wild Boars Are Highly Radioactive

On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (which was part of the Soviet Union at the time) released massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Helped along by wind and rain, these particles quickly spread all across Europe, reaching as far west as Spain and France. Now, 28 years later, the lasting effects of this nuclear disaster are still very evident. Wild boars are fairly common throughout Germany, and are regularly hunted for their meat,

“Ukrainian Spider-Man” Uses Stalinist Tower In Daring Anti-Putin Protest

An urban free-climber who calls himself “Mustang Wanted” has admitted to a very creative form of protest vandalism. A little over a week ago, Mustang Wanted (who is based out of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev) visited Moscow to make a political statement. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 20th, he scaled the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, one of Moscow’s most iconic Stalin-era skyscrapers. At the top of the building is a massive Soviet star emblazoned with the hammer and sickle (a symbol which

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