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New monument to Stalin’s victims unveiled after 27-year wait

20 November 2017 · Yekaterinburg · Russia
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A new sculpture honouring the victims of Stalin’s Great Terror has been unveiled in Yekaterinburg almost three decades after being commissioned by local officials.

Ernst Neizvestny’s “Masks of Sorrow” was opened at the city’s Memorial Complex for the Victims of Political Repression on Monday following a 27-year wait.

The sculpture, which stands at three metres high, depicts two crying masks. One mask faces out towards Europe and the West, while the other looks out upon Asia.

Neizvestny first signed an agreement to create a monument for the complex back in 1990. The Yekaterinburg-native hoped that the sculpture would be one in a series of three monuments unveiled across Russia. Additional sculptures were planned in the cities of Magadan and Vorkuta to create what Neizvestny called his “triangle of sorrow”.

The first monument opened in Magadan in 1996, but long-running funding problems — as well as a row over the monument’s size — delayed the Yekaterinburg sculpture for another 21 years.

Neizvestny was unable to complete the project, and died in New York in 2016.

Follow of the week: celebrate the ugly side of Moscow

17 November 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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While many of the popular Instagram accounts devoted to brutalist aesthetics are all about perfectly smooth concrete and geometric lines, @uglymoscow celebrates the city’s visual chaos and peeks into the ugly corners of the city's suburbs and sleeping districts.

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Russian Film Week to open on Sunday in London

17 November 2017
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A still from the documentary film 24 Snow that will be shown at Russian Film Week. Image: RussianFilmWeekLondon / Facebook

The second annual Russian Film Week is set to begin on Sunday 19 November in London, bringing 44 new Russian films to the U.K. capital.

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Six Czech men arrested in Astana for posing in skimpy Borat outifts

16 November 2017 · Astana · Czech Republic · Kazakhstan
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Image: Chris Price under a CC license

A group of men from the Czech Republic who stripped off to don bright green mankinins and black wigs in Astana have been arrested and fined.

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Longstanding editor-in-chief of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta to step down

16 November 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov. Image: Euku under a CC license

The long-serving editor-in-chief of Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, which is highly critical of the Kremlin, has said he is leaving after 22 years in the job.

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Novosibirsk chefs unveil a theatre made of dumplings

14 November 2017 · Novosibirsk · Russia
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Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Photo: Dmitry Artemyev under a CC license

A scale replicate of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre made entirely of various types of dumplings was presented to the public at the InterFood Siberia food expo in Novosibirsk last weekend.

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Controversial film Matilda to be made into television series

10 November 2017 · Russia
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The character Matilda Kshesinskaya in the film is played by actress Michalina Olszańską. Image: matildafilm / VK

A film about a love affair between Russia’s last tsar and a ballet dancer that has generated violent protests in Russia will be spun-off into a 4-part series.

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Tbilisi erects a segment of the Berlin Wall in city centre

10 November 2017 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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  • Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the opening ceremony of the segment of the Berlin Wall in Tbilisi. Image: gov.ge

A segment of the Berlin Wall has been placed in Europe Square in the centre of the Georgian capital as part of the ongoing Georgia-Germany year of friendship.

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Netflix commissions series on the fall of the Romanovs

10 November 2017 · Russia
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Tsar Nicholas II of Russia with his family in 1913 (left to right): Olga, Maria, Nicholas II, Alexandra Fyodorovna, Anastasia, Alexey and Tatiana

Netflix is reportedly putting together a new documentary series that will examine the end of Russia’s imperial dynasty. 

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BuSH festival takeover: discover the disco-tinged synth sound of Polish pop trio, Kamp!

10 November 2017 · Budapest · Hungary
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  • Video for Deny (2017) by Kamp!

Each week we’re spotlighting the must-see New East artists at Budapest Showcase Hub (BuSH), which takes place in the Hungarian capital between 15 - 17 November. With less than a week to go before the festival kicks-off, we’re winding down the takeover with Kamp! from Poland, one of the opening bands for the festival. 

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