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High Time for This Discussion

Along with an avalanche of presents and office parties with endless rounds of toasts, International Women's Day has also served as a catalyst for public discussion of women's issues in the country.

Hot Off the Shelves

For Defender of the Fatherland Day on Feb. 23, my wife gave me a copy of Sergei Minayev's bestseller, ""Media Sapiens: A Tale of the Third Term.""

Go Play: Play Go

The ancient Chinese board game Go is gaining a following of die-hard players who say its principles apply to real life, too.


Members of the Great White Brotherhood sect seeking new converts outside Moscow's Sokolniki metro station.

Falafel Goes Fine Dining

With a few exceptions, Moscow's Middle Eastern restaurants tend to be a kitschy affair.

Bhindi Do Pyaza

Praprbeep Patra, one of the head chefs at Darbar, shares a recipe for an Indian okra dish.

Keeping China's Reform Away From the Politics

While China's economy and financial markets are in the throes of a sometimes chaotic modernization -- demonstrated by last week's equity market turmoil in Shanghai and around the world -- the country's political system steadfastly resists reform.

Two Magic Budget Words

The newspeak equivalent of ""Open, Sesame!"" for Russian officialdom consists of the following two words: fifth generation.

Prosecutor General to Clamp Down on Raiders

Once associated with the aggressive takeover of large businesses, raiders have turned their attention to small-time operators.

Inquiry Opened in Journalist's Death

Moscow prosecutors on Monday said they were investigating the possibility that Kommersant journalist Ivan Safronov had been driven to suicide, Itar-Tass reported.

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