I was born in Yekaterinburg, Russia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. In 2011, I worked with Dr. Leon Aron, the Director of Russian Studies at AEI. I am fluent in English, Russian and Czech, and beginner in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) and French.
Latest posts by Valentina Lukin
In an ironic twist, pro-Ukrainian activists disseminate flyers in the Donetsk urging people to call for a referendum on joining the Dnepropetrovsk Region.
A partial exodus from Russia by MasterCard and Visa has inspired some digital currency enthusiasts to propose Bitcoin, the world's leading crypto-currency, as a solution to the country's monetary problems.
The week-long telethon that started at the end of March has collected enough funds to maintain broadcasting for just over 53 days.
Now that Moscow has formally annexed Crimea, following a controversial popular referendum, it's possible, if not extremely likely, that Russian journalists will face even greater difficulties.
Amidst the crackdown, eyes now turn to March 15, when Muscovites will demonstrate against Russian intervention in Ukraine, a day before Crimean voters decide between secession and expanded autonomy.
President Putin delivered two New Year's addresses in 2013 -- one for Russia's Far East, and another for the rest of the country.
Protracted flooding of the Amur River has buried swaths of the Russian-Chinese border under water, affecting more than 100 thousand people in roughly 185 towns.