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Kalashnikov Clothing? Rifle Maker Considers Expanding to Fashion

Kalashnikov Clothing? Rifle Maker Considers Expanding to Fashion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Looking to expand your summer wardrobe?  Well, the makers of the AK-47 assault rifle think they may have something in your size. The owners of the Kalashnikov say their brand may be worth $10 billion, and they’re …

Twitter File Suggests Obama’s Inauguration More Fun Than Putin’s

Twitter File Suggests Obama’s Inauguration More Fun Than Putin’s

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — A video on YouTube comparing President Obama’s inauguration with that of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s on Monday is making the rounds on Twitter in Russia. So far it has been viewed nearly 44,000 times…

Russia Says It Foiled Sochi Olympics Terror Plot

Russia Says It Foiled Sochi Olympics Terror Plot

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian authorities said on Thursday they have foiled a terror plot targeting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.Ten weapons caches, which included anti-aircraft missiles capable of taking down low-fl…

Wreckage of Russian Commercial Jet Found in Indonesia

Wreckage of Russian Commercial Jet Found in Indonesia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Russia’s struggling aviation industry was delivered a severe setback on Wednesday when its new Sukhoi Superjet-100 disappeared on a test flight over the mountains in western Indonesia.Wreckage of the plane …

Russia’s Putin Tells Obama He’ll Skip G8 Summit

Russia’s Putin Tells Obama He’ll Skip G8 Summit

ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he will be skipping next week’s high-stakes G8 economic summit and sending Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his place, the …

Russian Jet Missing After Falling Off Radar in Indonesia

Russian Jet Missing After Falling Off Radar in Indonesia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Authorities fear a Russian passenger jet has crashed in Indonesia after it fell off radar screens while it was on a test flight near Jakarta.The Sukhoi Superjet-100 was carrying at least 44 people and vanished from det…

Anonymous Attacks Kremlin Website After Putin’s Inauguration

Anonymous Attacks Kremlin Website After Putin’s Inauguration

JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The hacker group Anonymous has struck again, this time targeting the Kremlin’s website just days after Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.The site Kremlin.ru was down for about an hour on Wednesday.  An…

Occupy Moscow? Anti-Putin Protests Continue

Occupy Moscow? Anti-Putin Protests Continue

Police detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow on May 6. (ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images)(MOSCOW) — Hundreds of young people camped out in a square in central Moscow on Monday night, defying riot police who have detained more than 700…

Occupy Moscow? Anti-Putin Protests Continue

Occupy Moscow? Anti-Putin Protests Continue

Police detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Moscow on May 6. (ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images)(MOSCOW) — Hundreds of young people camped out in a square in central Moscow on Monday night, defying riot police who have detained more than 700…

Vladimir Putin Sworn in for Third Term as Russia’s President

Vladimir Putin Sworn in for Third Term as Russia’s President

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin, where he was sworn in for a third term as Russia’s president.In the opulent, gold-covered St. George’s hall, Putin took the oath of office on Monday and deliver…

Anti-Putin Protesters Clash with Riot Police in Largest Rally Since December

Anti-Putin Protesters Clash with Riot Police in Largest Rally Since December

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets Moscow on Sunday, the eve of President-elect Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, in the largest and most confrontational protest since December.By the end of…

Russian Opposition Plans Anti-Putin ‘March of Millions’

Russian Opposition Plans Anti-Putin ‘March of Millions’

NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Opponents of Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin are planning to hold another large protest in central Moscow on Sunday, the eve of his inauguration.The plan calls for protesters to march down a main …

Video of Moscow Parking Brawl Goes Viral

Video of Moscow Parking Brawl Goes Viral

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Video of an expletive-laden brawl over illegal parking in central Moscow went viral on YouTube where it has been viewed over two million times since it was posted on Tuesday.The video shows members of a pro-Kremlin youth g…

Putin and Medvedev Lead May Day Parade, Grab a Beer

Putin and Medvedev Lead May Day Parade, Grab a Beer

DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin and his protégé, outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev, apparently worked up quite a thirst after leading over 100,000 people in a May Day march down a main av…

Russians, Scandinavians Top ‘Atlas of Breast Cup Sizes’

Russians, Scandinavians Top ‘Atlas of Breast Cup Sizes’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Relax, all you data-hungry world travelers. At last there’s a guide to the countries with the biggest breasts. German newspaper Bild has published a World Map of Breasts, a color-coded plan showing how women arou…

Russians Facing Tidal Wave of Proposed Anti-Gay Laws

Russians Facing Tidal Wave of Proposed Anti-Gay Laws

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — Just a few months ago Sasha Semanova and her fellow activists thought they had turned the corner in their fight for gay rights in Russia, but now they are facing an avalanche of proposed laws that they be…

Russian Leaders Do Some Role Swapping

Russian Leaders Do Some Role Swapping

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is getting ready to assume the presidency again on May 7 after having previously held that position.The current president, Dmitry Medvedev, isn’t exactly heading for retirement.&nbsp…

Russian Cyber Criminals Rake in Billions

Russian Cyber Criminals Rake in Billions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — They say crime doesn’t pay, but for Russian-speaking cyber criminals it has paid very, very well.According to a new report, they raked in over $4 billion in 2011 — nearly a third of the $12.5 billion global cybe…

The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll

The Real-Life Ukrainian Barbie Doll

Facebook(NEW YORK) — With a teeny waist, disproportionately large breasts and wide, icy-blue eyes, 21-year-old Valeria Lukyanova says she is the real natural deal. A real-life Barbie, that is.That’s what she claims anyway. Many are crying foul t…

Adopted Russian Boy Rejected By US Mom Adjusts in Foster Care

Adopted Russian Boy Rejected By US Mom Adjusts in Foster Care

ABC News(TOMILINO, Russia) — Artyom Saleviev’s mischievous grin quickly fades when asked about the five months he spent in the United States.“I do not want to talk about this,” he said quietly, as he looked down at the floor. Asked i…

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