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ISS Astronauts Flee Flying Russian Space Debris

It was too late to do 'evasive maneuver' by the time they got word from NASA

(Newser) - American astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts shacked up at the International Space Station had to scurry out of the way of flying space debris after a chunk of a Russian weather satellite sped by earlier today, AFP reports. The men hurried into the Soyuz spacecraft, which ferries them... More »

Most Russians Think US Poses Threat: Poll

Of those 59%, 31% fear a US invasion

(Newser) - Some 59% of Russians believe the US is a threat to their country and of that number, 31% say a US invasion and occupation is possible. The latest opinions, courtesy of a Levada Center think tank poll of 1,600 adults, offer further evidence that relations between the two countries... More »

Russian Company Plans Outer-Space Hotel

Commercial Space Station will include gourmet foods and space-age shower

(Newser) - A mere million bucks will soon earn you five days in a futuristic hotel, as long as you enjoy traveling at 17,500 miles an hour and having stellar views of planet Earth. The nimbly titled Commercial Space Station, designed by a Russian company, is the latest in a series... More »

Grammy-Winning Pianist Charged With Raping Boy

Founder of National Orchestra busted in Thailand

(Newser) - Acclaimed Grammy-winning Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev has been charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in a Thai beach town. Pletnev, the founder of the Russian National Orchestra, was also charged with appearing in disturbing photos with several other boys, said a Thai police spokesman. Pletnev has been... More »

Brighton Beach: Next Jersey Shore?

Creators pitching Russian version of hit reality show

(Newser) - The Jersey Shore guidos and guidettes might soon have some competition in the form of Brighton Beach, a Russian version of the MTV reality show hit set in, you guessed it, the Brighton Beach community of New York. If its website is any indication, the show will involve lots of... More »

Russian Green Card Marriages Are Big Biz in NY

(Newser) - Russian women are so eager for green cards that one New York-area weekly devotes an entire page to marriage ads, the New York Post reports. A Post reporter, posing as an immigrant angling for a green card, contacted a marriage broker and got the going rate: $31,500, $6,500... More »

Doctors Fight to Beat Cultural Cancer Taboos

Stigma surrounding cancer suspected of causing higher mortality rates

(Newser) - The fight against cancer is being hindered by the stigma the illness carries in many cultures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Chinese, Russians, Muslims, and many other groups may shun treatment and try to keep their condition secret. Experts believe the taboo plays a big role in the higher cancer... More »

Russians Vote for New Prez

Medvedev is Putin's hand-picked heir

(Newser) - Russians headed to the polls today to vote for a successor to President Vladimir Putin in what was expected to be rubber-stamp support for his hand-picked heir. Though voters have a choice, Putin aide Dmitry Medvedev faces no serious opposition. "I'm in a good mood. Spring is here,"... More »

Sharapova Wins Australian Open

In straight sets, Russian star notches third Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova polished her tennis resume and commercial appeal today by dunking Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3, to win the Australian Open women's singles title. The 20-year-old dominated from the outset, controlling key points and letting up only once, with a poor service game in the first set that let her... More »

Poisoning Suspect Runs for Parliament to Dodge Jail

He could win immunity for radiation death

(Newser) - The Russian businessman accused of using radioactive polonium-210 to poison a critic of controversial President Vladimir Putin is trying to dodge prosecution by running for parliament, the London Times reports. The Kremlin has already refused to hand Andrei Lugovoi over to British officials, saying it would violate the Russian constitution.... More »

Records Reveal Hitler Fan of 'Sub Human' Musicians

Jewish, Russian works in Fuhrer's collection

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler’s recently discovered personal record collection reveals the fuhrer listened to music produced by Russians and Jews that he had publicly reviled as "sub-human," the Guardian reports.  The fascinating collection of 100 gramaphone records surfaced after the death of a former Soviet officer who had... More »

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