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Paddington Bear at the heart of new debate on state meddling in Russian cinema

19 January 2018 · Russia
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A still from Paddington 2. Image: Studio Canal/Anton Capital Entertainment

Britain's beloved book character Paddington Bear has found himself embroiled in an ongoing row over government meddling in Russian cinema.

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Follow of the week: Ukraine on film

19 January 2018 · Kiev · Ukraine
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Into film photography and the New East? Then Instagram account @ukraineonfilm will be your kind of treat.

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Coming Out: special screening brings Russia’s LGBT stories to London

19 January 2018 · Russia
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A shot from the inaugural performance of Coming Out.Image: Teatr.doc

A film of one of Russia’s most powerful theatre productions focusing on LGBT rights is set to screen at a special discussion event in London.

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Open call for Ukraine’s emerging photo festival

19 January 2018 · Odessa · Ukraine
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Work from Odesa Photo Days 2017. Image: Yura Kolomiets

Ukraine’s emerging international photo festival is calling on photographers to submit work for its 2018 exhibition.

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Brother of Russian opposition leader releases calendar from prison

18 January 2018 · Russia
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  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

  • Calendar artwork by Oleg Navalny

The brother of one of Russia’s leading opposition politicians has released his own hand-drawn calendar while serving time in prison.

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Russia unveils new neutral kit for 2018 Winter Olympics

18 January 2018 · Russia
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  • Zasport’s range for neutral Olympic athletes from Russia

  • Zasport’s range for neutral Olympic athletes from Russia

  • Zasport’s range for neutral Olympic athletes from Russia

  • Zasport’s range for neutral Olympic athletes from Russia

  • Zasport’s range for neutral Olympic athletes from Russia

Russian sport fashion brand Zasport has unveiled its new neutral kit for Russian athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Casinos and cableways: the 6 New East monuments among Europe’s most endangered sites

18 January 2018 · Albania · Bulgaria · Georgia · Romania
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  • The Buzludzha monument in Bulgaria

  • The Constanta Casino in Romania

  • An interior view of the Constanta Casino in Romania

  • An interior view of the Buzludzha monument, decorated with iconography and colourful mosaics

  • The aerial cableway network in Chiatura, Georgia

  • The aerial cableway network in Chiatura

  • The David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage

  • The David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage

  • The city of Gjirokastra

  • The city of Gjirokastra

  • A Post-Byzantine church in southeastern Albania

European conservation group Nostra has unveiled its annual shortlist of the continent’s most endangered cultural monuments.

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Meme: the vases inspired by Soviet brutalism

18 January 2018 · Russia
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  • Vases from Katia Tolstykh’s Meme series

  • Vases from Katia Tolstykh’s Meme series

  • Vases from Katia Tolstykh’s Meme series

  • Vases from Katia Tolstykh’s Meme series

St Petersburg designer Katia Tolstykh combines architecture and interior design to create unique, multi-disciplinary pieces.  

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Russian masterpieces: don’t miss Zvyagintsev season at the British Film Institute

17 January 2018 · Russia
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A still from Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan

A special series of events dedicated to Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is launching this February at the British Film Institute.

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Geometry and Colour: capturing unseen beauty in the vibrant streets of Wrocław

17 January 2018 · Wrocław · Poland
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  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

  • From Geometry and Colour by Jolanta Mazur

Polish photographer Jolanta Mazur has long been drawn to the power of urban spaces. Driven by her love for minimalism, she spent a year capturing the geometric beauty of two very different cities: Wrocław in Poland and the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. 

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