Despite tensions in the region, the numbers of pilgrims to the Holy Land from Russia are increasing, rather than shrinking, Archimandrite Mark, deputy chairman of the external Church relations department of the Russian Orthodox Church, told a news conference in Moscow. From June 19 to 26, he had made a trip to Israel with a group of Orthodox journalists to Israel.
After WWII, the Soviet army left Austria, and the latter had always remained a neutral state and never joined NATO
Russia experienced default on August 17, 1998. Today, 20 years after those events, the economic situation in Russia does not seem stable to many