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Moscow’s public transport modernisation

April 02, 2015

Moscow is undergoing an extensive modernisation of its transport system. Although many projects are still in the test phase, thinkRUSSIA looks at some of the new ideas which are piquing the interest of tech-lovers and pushing the boundaries in innovative public transport systems.

Technological advances

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Amazon launches Russian Kindle section

March 05, 2015

Amazon has launched a special section for eBooks in Russian on its Kindle store. thinkRUSSIA analyses what this means for the Russian e-book market.

Friday the 13th is known as an inauspicious date. For aficionadas of Russian language and literature though, that day this month brought some welcome news. Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, added a Russian eBook section to its store. Although books in Russian could be purchased on Amazon before, now they are for the first time stored in one concrete place and indexed to enable an easy search.

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ExoMars highlights Russia-EU Mars cooperation

February 04, 2015

thinkRUSSIA invites you to discover the latest developments of the ExoMars mission, the flagship project of Russia-EU Mars cooperation.

Russia’s rich historical record in spatial cooperation

Russia has been at the forefront of space exploration and technological development since the start of the space age, continuously innovating for over 75 years.

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This Week in Russia: Roadshow showcases regional development opportunities

August 04, 2014
Photo of a visitor in the Moscow International Urban Forum.

This week in Russia is the Moscow Urban Forum’s roadshow. The recently announced series of conferences, “Cities and territories of tomorrow: the toolkit for positive transformations,” was launched in Ufa in May and is being held in Russia’s largest cities to showcase urban trends, opportunities and incentives for regional development in the country.

What is the Moscow Urban Forum’s roadshow?

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This Week in Russia: Future global leaders converge on Moscow

July 28, 2014
Photo of Moscow, which is hosting the 2014 Global Leaders Summit.

The “Preparing Global Leaders Summit” (PGLS) is a premiere international educational program for the world’s most promising young professionals. This year’s summit will be held on July 31 – August 6 in Moscow.

Developing future leaders

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Interview with Fabrice Disdier on the FTE initiative

Photo of a penal discussion during SPIEF.

thinkRUSSIA meets Fabrice Disdier, director of CREF-R Moscow (center for Language learning) and president of the entrepreneurship committee at the French-Russian Chamber of Commerce; member of the Steering Committee of the “Forum Travailler Ensemble”- FTE (Forum Working Together) a new initiative aimed at strengthening French-Russian business relations.

Can you tell us more about the FTE initiative? What are its main goals and how is it organized?

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SPIEF 2014: Great potential for trade between Russia and Latin America

Image of The SPIEF 2014 panel on Russia and Latin America pan-regional integration.

thinkRUSSIA is on the ground at the 2014 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Check back for news on all things SPIEF and follow @thinkRUSSIA on Twitter for real-time updates.

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Russia's decade of sport continues with BMX-bicycle competition [slideshow]

Photo of a BMX championship in St. Petersburg.

Having successfully started the sports year with the hosting of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia’s “Decade of Sport” continues with another international championship – the “Saransk Indoor” International BMX competition.

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Video: A look back at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

March 04, 2014

After an Olympic Torch Relay that took the flame from outer space to the bottom of Lake Baikal – and many places in between – the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off with a spectacular Opening Ceremony on February 7. After a tight race in the medal count throughout the Games, Russia clinched the top spot after its win in the men’s cross-country skiing marathon. The final medal counts were:

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Sochi from a traveler’s perspective [slideshow]

Photo of an athlete in Sochi.

thinkRUSSIA spoke to author and world traveler Andreas Sternfeldt, author of a tourist guide on Sochi. Sternfeldt offered insights about what the city has to offer and how Sochi will evolve after the Olympics.

Mr Sternfeldt, can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do? What are you currently working on?

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