The Chernobyl nuclear disaster still remains the largest man-made catastrophe that has ever happened on Earth. Its negative consequences for nature and humans are difficult to overestimate. The terrible disaster still echoes for mankind, even decades after the explosion at the nuclear power plant
In China, a rapist is sentenced to death penalty or castration. In Afghanistan, a victim can also become an executioner for the rapist. According to the law, if a woman is raped, she has to marry the man who raped her in order to keep her honour. More than 15% of executions in Iran are actually rape cases
Russia signed the agreement to sell Alaska and the Aleutian Islands to the USA on March 30, 1867. There are many myths associated with the sale of Alaska. Many believe that the territory was sold by Catherine II; some others believe that it was not sold, but rented for 99 years, but Brezhnev allegedly refused to take Alaska back
On the eve of the International Women's Day, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (WCIOM) conducted a survey to find out what women Russian citizens consider to be most intelligent, beautiful and stylish. Interestingly, in response to a question about most beautiful women, almost all respondents answered with the names of their loved ones
The appearance of the new medal has excited the Russian liberal opposition and, predictably, Ukrainian Internet activists and journalists. According to them, the new medal marks Russia's desire to go back to 1937, because the face of the medal will depict the founder of the All-Russian Commission for Combating Counterrevolution, Felix Dzerzhinsky
Russia's Defence Ministry is allocating 25 million rubles to purchase 49,000 colour cloths of the state flag of the Russian Federation for the drapery of caskets. In 2017, the department plans to spend up to 6.3 billion rubles on funeral services: to maintain military burial sites, set tombstones and monuments
Great Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut, who has been living in the United States for many years, has recently sold her Olympic medals at an auction. The world-famous "Korbut flip" has turned into the mediocre "garage sale." What was the reason that made Olga Korbut sell her lifetime achievements?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has acknowledged that the report prepared by Richard McLaren's independent commission did not contain enough evidence to establish that Russian athletes were violating anti-doping rules. Is it possible to assess the damage that Russian athletes have suffered? Can Russia hold the WADA accountable for what has...
Cosmonaut Valentin Lebedev, who set the absolute record for his stay in Earth’s orbit, loses his eyesight speedily. The cosmonaut, who spent 221 days in the orbit in 1982, has progressive cataract. The legend of the Soviet space exploration becomes blind. He was the flight engineer for the Soyuz 13 mission
Russia's Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin died in New York one day before his 65th anniversary. UN Secretary-General expressed his condolences in connection with the sudden death of Russia's permanent representative in the organization. It was American journalists that could take Churkin to the point when he suffered a heart attack
Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died on February 20, a message posted on the website of the Russian Federation Ministry for Foreign Affairs said. According to media reports, Churkin was staying in the building of Russia's representative office to the UN in New York, when he fell ill
The St. Francis dam disaster is one of the largest engineering disasters in the United States. The dam collapsed on March 12, 1928, killing more than 600 people. The disaster at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant took place on August 17 2009. It is the largest power plant in Russia and the 9th-largest hydroelectric plant in the world
If one thinks just for a second where migrants come from, the efforts of the Nobel Committee will look very strange indeed. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria appear as major suppliers of illegal refugees. At the same time, these countries have suffered most from the aggression of the United States and its allie