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    Leto, directed by an outspoken Putin critic, is a tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene
    May11

    Leto, directed by an outspoken Putin critic, is a tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene

    Kirill Serebrennikov is under house arrest while his punk movie musical premieres at Cannes. Kirill Serebrennikov’s punk movie-musical Leto is at Cannes, but its director isn’t. He’s under house arrest after his nonprofit was raided last summer by Russian law enforcement, allegedly because Serebrennikov is under suspicion of...

    Viktor Vekselberg, the man at the center of the week’s biggest Trump-Russia news, explained
    May11

    Viktor Vekselberg, the man at the center of the week’s biggest Trump-Russia news, explained

    Michael Cohen received $500,000 from an affiliate of Vekselberg’s company. Was it a Kremlin payoff to Trump? Viktor Vekselberg is a powerful Russian oligarch who is worth roughly $13 billion, making him one of the richest men not just in Russia but in the world. We learned earlier this week that Columbus Nova, an American company with ties...

    The two Eurovision songs China refused to show, and what happened next
    May11

    The two Eurovision songs China refused to show, and what happened next

    As Eurovision fever ramps up toward Saturday’s Grand Final, the plug was abruptly pulled on China’s coverage. The immediate termination of the broadcast contract with Mango TV followed the alleged censorship of two performances in Tuesday’s first semifinal round of the annual competition of glossy pop music. The statement by...

    Why Do-Gooders Love Development Statistics
    May11

    Why Do-Gooders Love Development Statistics

    When National Public Radio radio host Gregory Warner visited Davos earlier this year, he discovered a dizzying world of ranks and stats, all designed to help guide investors and do-gooders. Representatives from India, Ukraine, Indonesia and other countries, he quickly realized, would pitch media and investors only about their top rankings, and...

    Ukrainian Activists Storm TV Owner’s Home
    May11

    Ukrainian Activists Storm TV Owner’s Home

    Ukrainian nationalists broke through a police cordon to enter the house of opposition lawmaker Serhiy Lyovochkin, who is a co-owner of Inter TV. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukrainian Activists Storm TV Owner’s Home
    May11

    Ukrainian Activists Storm TV Owner’s Home

    Ukrainian nationalists broke through a police cordon to enter the house of opposition lawmaker Serhiy Lyovochkin, a co-owner of Inter TV. The radical activists were angered after a statement against the renaming of streets for World War II-era Ukrainian nationalists was removed from a broadcast. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Prominent Ukrainian rabbi inaugurates prayer for Trump’s success
    May11

    Prominent Ukrainian rabbi inaugurates prayer for Trump’s success

    (JTA) — The rabbi of Ukraine’s largest synagogue inaugurated a prayer for the success of President Donald Trump in defending Israel and the United States. Rabbi Moshe Azman, one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, announced the prayer on Thursday on the website of this congregation, which based at the Brodsky Synagogue in the capital Kiev. It...

    Eurovision Finals To Include Serb, Moldovan, Ukrainian Performers; Russia Voted Out
    May11

    Eurovision Finals To Include Serb, Moldovan, Ukrainian Performers; Russia Voted Out

    The Eurovision Song Contest has completed its lineup of 26 contestants who will face off for this year’s crown, following a second semifinal event. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    ‘What’s The Matter With Orthodox Countries?’
    May11

    ‘What’s The Matter With Orthodox Countries?’

    Speaking of Orthodoxy, I’ve been thinking about this column for a couple of weeks: Eastern Orthodox Christianity has done more to shape certain ex-Communist countries than communism. It also, some say, made their people relatively unhappy and anti-capitalist. This theory got a lot of play in 1990s Russia but has now resurfaced in a fresh...

    Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia
    May10

    Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia

    Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya) (JTA) — A decade ago, relatively few people in Russia even knew about the existence of Sobibor, the smallest-scale facility of the six killing centers that the Nazis built in occupied Poland. This relative obscurity persisted for decades in...