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Siberia’s thawing permafrost

In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the earth beneath the feet of millions

As permafrost collapses, people turn to mammoth-tusk hunting and migration.

Mikhail Popkov stands inside a defendant's cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk

Russian serial killer dubbed "maniac of Angarsk" convicted of 56 murders

Popkov, one of Russia's deadliest serial killers and nicknamed the "maniac of Angarsk," killed his victims with axes, knives or screwdrivers, police said.

Thanks to HBO, more tourists are flocking to the eerie Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

Thanks to HBO, more tourists are flocking to the eerie Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

The surge in bookings has also raised questions over how to commemorate a disaster that killed thousands.

Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been gener...

Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers

Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labeled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world's most popular streaming service's...

Image: A Japanese Coast Guard vessel PS08 Kariba sails off Cape Nosappu in Nemuro on Japan's Hokkaido island, with part of the islands known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kurils in Russia visible the background

Russia builds new barracks on disputed islands near Japan

Soviet forces seized the four islands at the end of World War II and Moscow and Tokyo both claim sovereignty over them.

The pandemic has only accelerated the struggles in regions far from Moscow.

In Siberian coal country, signs of Russia’s shrinking population are everywhere. It ‘haunts’ Putin.

The pandemic has only accelerated the struggles in regions far from Moscow.

Opinion | Another Russian nuclear accident seems to be characterized by lies

Opinion | Another Russian nuclear accident seems to be characterized by lies

It could be evidence of a new globe-spanning missile.

Russian villagers told to leave — no, stay — following missile test explosion

The missile, which was carrying nuclear materials, killed five workers when it blew up last week.

A horror-movie-themed website told readers to ‘hunt’ gay people. Then an activist was stabbed to death.

A horror-themed website told readers to ‘hunt’ gay people. Then an activist was stabbed to death.

A horror-movie-themed website told readers to ‘hunt’ gay people. Then an activist was stabbed to death.

Russian state-run media took Trump’s July 4 event as an opportunity to ‘troll’ the U.S.

Russian state-run media took Trump’s July 4 event as an opportunity to ‘troll’ the U.S.

Russian television hosts mocked the military equipment that will appear at the “Salute for America” on Thursday, saying that the tanks and other armored vehicles had “paint peeling off” and required “adhesive tape.”

This is not the diary I wanted to write. Though it includes snippets of the research I wanted to share, it is not what I had been working on for the past few days, obviously.    I am rushing this diary through as I had most of the research already and...

The Arctic will not survive Russia's wave of industrialization; nuclear submarine in flames.

This is not the diary I wanted to write. Though it includes snippets of the research I wanted to share, it is not what I had been working on for the past few days, obviously. I am rushing this diary through as I had most of the research already and...

In Ukraine, a radioactive nuclear ghost town near Chernobyl is a hot destination

In Ukraine, a radioactive nuclear ghost town near Chernobyl is a hot destination

Once unthinkable, guided tours of Pripyat — once a closed Soviet city for Chernobyl workers — and a former missile base are in growing demand.

On a Russian outpost in the Pacific, fear and fantasies of a Japanese future   - The Washington Post

On a Russian outpost in the Pacific, fear and fantasies of a Japanese future

Russian has the islands. Japan claims them. And suddenly there is speculation that Putin could give them back.

Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with staff and a special representative while overseeing a test launch of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle in the Defense Ministry control room in Moscow on Dec. 26, 2018.

Putin says Russia ready to deploy new hypersonic nuclear missile

Russia has said the new missile system is highly maneuverable, allowing it to easily evade missile defense systems.

Russia accuses prominent activist’s anti-graft group of taking foreign money

Russia accuses prominent activist’s anti-graft group of taking foreign money

An official designation of Alexei Navalny’s group as a “foreign agent” is likely to hobble it.

Chernobyl tourism: This is how to visit the site safely, scientists say - The Washington Post

Ukraine wants Chernobyl to be a tourist trap. But scientists warn: Don’t kick up dust.

The site of the worst nuclear disaster in human history is still radioactive.