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Moscow’s Garage invites young Russian artists to apply for scholarship programme

16 August 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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Image: Signet Land Art

This week Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opened applications for its annual scholarship programme for young Russian artists.

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Humans of New York brings personal stories from Russia

16 August 2017 · Moscow · St Petersburg · Russia
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Over recent days, wildly popular photo blog Humans of New York (HONY) has been bringing its 7 million-strong audience portraits and interviews from the streets of Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Kaukasis: Olia Hercules launches book on the culinary delights of the Caucasus

16 August 2017 · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Georgia · Ukraine
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  • Kaukasis The Cookbook: A culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & beyond, 2017, Olia Hercules, Octopus Publishing

  • Video: Octopus Publishing / YouTube

Last week Olia Hercules, the author of award-winning eastern European recipe book Mamushka, released her second title — Kaukasis The Cookbook: A culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & beyond.

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Here is everything you need to know about the Russian rap battle that broke the internet

16 August 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • Rap battle between Oxxxymiron and Gnoyniy. Video: versusbattleru / YouTube

If you follow Russian news, chances are you've heard about the “rap battle of the year” between Russian rappers Oxxymiron and Slava KPSS, better known as Gnoyniy. Since being uploaded late on Sunday night, it has already accumulated over 13.5 million views on YouTube, and has received more attention in Russian media and social media than (arguably more significant) major global events.

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Prague’s Mánes Exhibition Hall is “bleeding” in protest

16 August 2017 · Prague · Czech Republic
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  • Monday’s protest at Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague. Image: Bolt958 / Facebook

  • Monday’s protest at Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague. Image: Bolt958 / Facebook

  • Monday’s protest at Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague. Image: Bolt958 / Facebook

  • Monday’s protest at Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague. Image: Bolt958 / Facebook

Activists from a group known as Bolt958 have poured an unidentified red liquid into the Vltava River by Mánes Exhibition Hall, claiming that the famous art space “was bleeding”. 

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Reporters Without Borders slams Azerbaijan for independent media harassment

15 August 2017 · Azerbaijan
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Media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has lambasted the Azerbaijani government for its persecution of the country's last remaining independent media outlet, the Turan news agency, via an allegedly unwarranted tax-evasion investigation.

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Georgian director wins First Feature award at Locarno

15 August 2017 · Georgia
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Georgian director Ana Urushadze has won the prestigious First Feature Award at the Locarno Film Festival for her debut film Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda). Judged by a jury of international critics, the First Feature Award is the top prize for a debut director at the Swiss festival. 

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Constructivist reconstruction: Narkomfin restoration finally gets going

15 August 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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The Narkomfin block in Moscow

Restoration has finally got underway on the iconic Narkomfin building in central Moscow, after years of neglect and deterioration.

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Last Address memorial project participant charged over plaque

15 August 2017 · Arkhangelsk · Russia
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Image: Posledny Adres / Facebook

Tomorrow Russian activist Dmitry Kozlov will be tried in court for damaging a cultural heritage site, over his participation in the crowd-funded Last Address (Posledny Adres) gulag memorial project.

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Russian publisher censors queer love scene in hit American fantasy novel

15 August 2017 · Russia
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Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. Image: Facebook / Victoria “V.E.” Schwab

American fantasy writer Victoria Schwab is outraged after discovering that a Russian publisher has omitted the queer plot in the second book of her hit trilogy Shades of Magic

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