When the United Nations was founded, in the wake of World War II, it had a few basic but admirable goals, such as fostering international security and achieving world peace. This week, the world turns its eye once again on Turtle Bay, the neighborhood in which the U.N. is headquartered, for the 68th session of the General Assembly, as representatives from 193 countries descend upon the city. Streets will clog, security will be heavy and distinctly garbed dignitaries will run amok (it was reported in 2011 that foreign diplomats owed the city nearly $17 million in outstanding parking tickets). World peace is most definitely out of the question.
Uttering Russian phrases and offering paeans to Soviet military strength, the Democratic candidates for mayor battled for the affections of elderly Russians at a forum in Brooklyn earlier tonight.
All of the mayoral candidates, except absent Council Speaker Christine Quinn, strained to relate to the relatively conservative, Russian-speaking crowd packed into the first floor of Read More
If you haven’t been downing vodka in a local gay bar over the last few days, or constantly looking at the Internet, you might not be aware of the new Russian Vodka Boycott trend sweeping the nation.
Basically, concerned activists sick of Russia’s current stance on LGBT rights have decided to Read More
Music and Martyrs
Fearing the same prosecution as their band mates, the remaining 12 members of Russia’s Pussy Riot are running scared. Some of them literally.
Ever since three of the punk performance artists–Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina– were sentenced to two years in a penal colony for singing a satirical hymn about Vladmir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, the rest of the 15-woman collective have been keeping a low profile as the Moscow police comb the streets in search.
But two of them made a break for it: Rumor has it a couple members escaped Russia in disguise, and are seeking asylum in a safer country. How do we know that? Well, how do we know anything these days? They wrote an update on Twitter.
Yes, it’s true: New Yorkers are facing stiff competition in the real estate market from highfalutin foreign buyers. And where precisely are these buyers coming from? China, Russia and Brazil, according to a break-down from The Real Deal.
At a time when the new Russia is more about gangsters than politicians, along comes a benign thriller that is about as thrilling as last week’s borscht.
Not since the Cold War, it seems, have strained diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia spilled over into the public arena with such ferocity—only this time the war is over art and two collections of religious books.
The art wars were triggered by the private agenda of Chabad, a Jewish sect seeking religious books Read More
Russian Dolls is a new reality series on Lifetime about the habits and lifestyles of women of Russian extraction in Brighton Beach. Alessandra Stanley is an acid-tongued New York Times critic who wants to show you that she was paying attention in sophomore-year European history (or, Read More
The U.S.-Russia art wars are again center stage in Chabad v. Russian Federation, the case that triggered Russia’s current embargo on lending art to U.S. museums.
In a decision issued Tuesday, the federal District Court in Washington, D.C. acknowledged that Russia’s fear that its art might be seized by Chabad, the Brooklyn-based Jewish Orthodox sect, Read More
This evening, 50 years after Yuri Gagarin completed the first manned flight into space, Sotheby’s New York will be auctioning a prototype of his spaceship, the Vostok 3KA-2. Test-driven with a “cosmonaut-mannequin” named Ivan Ivanovich only 18 days before Mr. Gagarin’s historic flight, it’s the only privately owned Vostok spaceship outside of Russia. Read More