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Just Six Months After The Olympics, Sochi Looks Like A Ghost Town

It’s been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the town of Sochi has been left holding the proverbial bag — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to occupy them.


Edward Snowden Granted Three Years Of Residency In Russia

Edward Snowden has been avoiding US authorities for some time. But his lawyer has now confirmed that Russia has granted him a three-year residence permit so he can remain there for the foreseeable future.


A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia’s connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 46km long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine.


Russia Wants To Expose Tor For Fun And Profit

Crack your knuckles and get out your chequebooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $US110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there’s a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $US5500.


Garage Collides With Fighter Jet During Severe Flood

It is hard to imagine a situation where a garage might collide with a fighter jet — but this is just what happened during severe flooding earlier today in Magadan, a port town on Russia’s east coast.

Flood waters washed away roads, bridges, buildings, and even planes, which are believed to have belonged to a local aviation museum.


World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens -- And You Can Jump Off It

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world has opened in Russia, with a 550m span. It offers breathtaking views of the Sochi landscape, but it isn’t really designed for your daily commute — it is part of a skypark, and you can bungee jump off it for a 200m drop, as shown in this video.


Tweetbot Catches Russian Government Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There’s a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address.


Three Different Accidents In 30 Seconds In One Intersection In Russia

Video: Driving in Russia is flirting with death — watch these three accidents happening in 30 seconds. First, the grey van violently rams itself into the car in front of it. The red car cuts off the dash cam and skids by. And then the original grey van zooms into the intersection and gets smashed sideways by a bus and an SUV. What the hell, Russia. What the hell, grey van.


Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you’re still mourning Brazil’s catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on — to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it’s going to be very, very expensive. Like $US11,500 per seat expensive.


How That Giant Hole In Sibera Could Have Formed

By now, you’ve likely seen the mysterious, yawning hole that appeared in Russia’s remote Yamal peninsula, a place whose name literally means “the end of the world”. How perfectly spooky! But now that scientists made it out to investigate the hole, let’s sort out the facts, conjectures, and conspiracy theories about how it came to be in the first place.


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