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since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has become the target of a new global crime threat from criminal organizations and criminal activities that have poured forth over the borders of Russia and other former Soviet republics such as Ukraine. The nature and variety of the crimes being committed seems unlimited—drugs, arms trafficking, stolen automobiles, trafficking in women and children, and money laundering are among the most prevalent. The spillover is particularly troubling to Europe (and especially Eastern Europe) because of its geographical proximity to Russia, and to Israel, because of its large numbers of Russian immigrants. But no area of the world seems immune to this menace, especially not the United States. America is the land of opportunity for unloading criminal goods and laundering dirty money. For that reason—and because, unfortunately, much of the examination of Russian organized crime (the so-called “Russian Mafia”) to date has been rather hyperbolic and sketchy—we believe it is important to step back and take an objective look at this growing phenomenon.

Researchers say that the harness could have carried weapons or cameras, triggering new speculations over a sea mammal special operations program the Russian navy is believed to have pursued for years. While the Russian Defense Ministry has previously denied the existence of such a program, the same ministry published an ad in 2016, seeking three male and two female bottlenose dolphins, offering a total sum of $24,000.

In this part of Europe, nobody would be surprised if the latest Norwegian discovery did indeed turn out to be the fallout of a military experiment gone wrong. Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, the Kremlin has been behind a series of creepy reminders of the massive military apparatus lurking on Europe’s eastern outskirts: mystery submarines, unidentified jets that almost crashed with a passenger plane in at least one instance, and strange troop movements.

It’s no secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud of his physique — he has been photographed topless on horseback, or reeling in a fish. But what’s behind the stamina of this 65-year-old, now contesting his fourth presidential election? Deer antler blood has something to do with it, he apparently believes. Local media reports say that Putin is one of many Russians who have consumed and bathed in blood from the severed antlers of Siberian red deers. Bathers believe the blood gives them strength and stops the aging process.

Now you realize precisely why Russian girls seek for a foreigner. It’s time to figure out why you must select a Russian private as a spouse We give you an inventory of their advantageous in evaluate with other European women. In different words, when a Russian woman says, I want to create a household” or I am searching for a person to create a family”, what she means is that she needs to get a hoop on her finger, versus simply hanging out” or sleeping collectively with out obligations.

Russian tradition requires that even an enemy sometimes be offered a drink. But more commonly sharing a drink symbolizes forgiveness, reconciliation, forgetting past hostility. Conversely, the refusal to drink alcohol with others is an act of disrespect. Such a person separates himself or herself from the group, is perceived as arrogant, is “too proud,” or is not “one of us.

In a nation where, a generation ago, a trip to the dentist happened only when a tooth hurt, families shared toothbrushes, and dental floss was but a curiosity, oral hygiene is the new vogue. And good teeth – or at least straight, white ones – are as important a part of one’s image in wealthy cities like Moscow as the proper shade of lipstick or the perfect pair of heels.

it is a rare pleasure to see two real Russians cast to play Russians in a Western movie. But happiness never lasts (spoiler alert): Pyotr gets killed very quickly and from then on the key Russian figures in Anna are KGB agents played by Luc Evans and Helen Mirren, who, of course, speak English. Anna also switches to English which sounds really weird: ordinary Russians speak Russian, but Russian KGB agents use only English amongst each other. Well, those cunning Russian spies

Suddenly Sister Natalya was eager to tell stories about the miracles wrought by the church’s breathing icon — a Byzantine-style portrait of the Virgin Mary, whose face peers from behind a fine wrought silver oklad, the classic protective covering put on Russian icons. (Actually, it was a copy, she confided to us, with the sincerity of someone who truly believed what she was about to tell us: The original had been painted during the Virgin’s lifetime by St. Luke, and was stolen in the 1980s.)

This kind of encounter happened again and again. Russians like to tell stories; whether they are true or not is unimportant.

I love that phrase, “the scowl that melts into a smile”! All of Russian literature, culture, and history is captured in these few lapidary words!