Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:59 am
The Kalashnikov assault rifle, or AK-47, is one of the most dangerous and widely used weapons in the world. For more than 60 years, nations, rebels, gangsters and child soldiers have wielded the gun.
And now, Russian officials say it's outdated. As part of a $700 billion army modernization program, the country has announced a redesign of the rifle.
New York Times foreign correspondent C.J. Chivers — author of The Gun, a book about the Kalashnikov — tells NPR's Audie Cornish that the updates are mostly cosmetic.
Originally published on Mon February 20, 2012 6:56 am
NPR's Michele Kelemen is a former employee of Voice of America.
Russian anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has been the victim of many dirty tricks by pro-Kremlin media.
But when the U.S. government-funded Voice of America published an online interview that had him criticizing other Russian opposition figures, Navalny quickly tweeted that the interview was a fake.
"It seems the VOA has gone nuts," he wrote to his Twitter followers.
Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 6:16 pm
In just a few weeks, most of the United States will shift back to daylight saving time — and Americans will lose an hour of sleep but gain an extra hour of light in the evening.
That won't be happening in Russia, though, where President Dmitry Medvedev has put the country on permanent summer time.
Medvedev's decree, issued last fall, means that it doesn't get light in Moscow now until around 9 a.m. Back in January, it was dark until 10 in the morning.
This has become an issue in Russia's presidential election next month.
Jessica Golloher, Word of Mouth's eyes and ears in Moscow, reports on the scads of Russians signing up for alternative medicine.
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