Sanctions may come and go, but bad reviews last a lifetime. TripAdvisor, the second most popular travel website, has recently blasted Russia on several counts of being the world's worst travel destination in its yearly Cities Survey.
British media personality Melvyn Bragg arrived in Moscow last week to launch a Russian retranslation of his classic book "The Adventure of English," a fast-reading but extensively researched tale of how the English language evolved from the vocabulary of a small group of tribes into the lingua franca of international business.
Moscow City Day, Sept. 7, is nearly upon us and so is the movie to mark it. Irish filmmaker Johnny O'Reilly's "Moscow Never Sleeps," when it's finished, will track the intertwined lives of several sets of fictional Muscovites from dawn through to the hours of darkness on Moscow's birthday.
The original Latin word "hybrida" means the "offspring of a tame sow and wild boar, child of a freeman and slave," according to its centuries-old definition. But the fourth annual Hybrid Art Exhibition, now showing at Moscow's Manezh, finds itself with "hybrid" in the title primarily because it is Lexus' show.