Right now, the jump-off point for all astronauts headed to the ISS is Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union built their rocket launching site. Kazakhstan, though it was once part of the USSR, is quite different from Moscow. And when the astronauts of ISS Expedition 34 landed, they were greeted by women in traditional Kazakh dress. Because… Kazakhstan.
Preliminary results from a water sample from the submerged Antarctic Lake Vostok are in, and Russian scientists have found bacterial life way down there, but as far as they can tell, it’s not from any known subkingdom.
Early this morning, a meteorite came blazing through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Even though the rock exploded before it hit the ground, the explosion was powerful enough that it caused fires, blew windows out of buildings and so far about 950 people have gone to the hospital due to injuries.
Saying that Russia has become a lazy country full of people who drink too much, smoke too much and fuck too much, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky wants couples to have sex permits, where they’re only limited to sex once a quarter.
Spiegel has an interactive 360 degree helicopter panorama of a nasty, spewing volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It’s like being there except less lens warping and it probably smells nicer wherever you are.
Russia’s birth rate has been in decline for years and years, something that has been a trend in Europe and America. But in Russia it’s turned into a crisis, so in addition to giving couples $9000 for every kid after the second, Putin has decided to bring in the big guns— paying to have Boyz II Men in Moscow in the hopes it will put Russians in a romantic mood.
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