Poetry and the Russian Soul

Alexander Pushkin / Wikimedia Commons

Walk along the Neva River in St. Petersburg and eventually you will come upon a willowy bronze depiction of 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. She is caught mid-motion, her head half turned toward Kresty prison across the river, where hundreds of Stalin’s victims were murdered—including her husband, poet Lev Gumilyov. Memorials like this preserve history and the truth, despite efforts at erasure, but statues can be knocked down. Poetry, on the other hand, is more resilient.

Russia Bars 5 Americans From Entry

Vladimir Putin

Russia this week barred five former U.S. officials from entering the country in response to the United States’ decision to impose sanctions against five Russians for human rights violations.

Khamenei’s Top Aide Says Tehran, Moscow Ink $40 Billion in Projects

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani attend a news conference in Tehran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Iran and Russia have initialed contracts worth around $40 billion, including for power-engineering and railway projects, Russian news agencies quoted Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as saying on Thursday.

Russian Special Forces Hunting Turkmen Rebel Leader

Vladimir Putin

JERUSALEM—Russian special forces in Syria have reportedly stormed a Syrian town near the Turkish border in a hunt for the Turkmen rebel leader who claimed he and his men shot the pilot of a Russian bomber as he was parachuting to earth after his plane was shot down by Turkish warplanes in November.