Author: Nick Skapyak


Masterpieces of the 20th Century: Russian Realist Tradition

Masterpieces of the 20th Century: Russian Realist Tradition March 19, 2016-September 25, 2016 The Museum of Russian Art, Main and Mezzanine Galleries Minneapolis (February 23, 2016) – Masterpieces of the 20th Century: Russian Realist Tradition, sixty superb works by prominent Soviet artists of the post-WWII period, will open on March 19 at The Museum of […]


Russian Hockey Photos Win International Acclaim

The spirit of Russian hockey wins the 2016 World Press Photo contest. A collection of photos by Sputnik news photographer Vladimir Pesnya captures the essence of the sport in the village of Vetluga, approximately 400 miles from Moscow. As reported in Russia Beyond the Headlines, the photos cover games between the Vetluga amateur junior hockey club and […]


Russia Bans U.S. Soybeans

The U.S. soybeans are no longer welcome in Russia. On February 15, Russia will enact a temporary ban on grain imports from the United States. Rosselkhoznadzor – the federal agency in charge of ensuring safe food – claims to have found 68 cases of bacterial contamination in grain imports between 2015 and 2016 and is subsequently […]


Reflection: Honorary Consuls Stripped of Credentials by U.S. State Department

On January 22, the BBC reported that the U.S. State Department had stripped the credentials of five honorary Russian consuls.  This included the honorary consul for Minnesota, Raymond Johnson, who had served in the position since 2004.  It appears that the decision to strip the credentials was not a personal but a political move:  retaliation for what […]


Refection: Russia’s Plan for Innovation

The importance of successfully integrating business and education is increasingly important to economic growth in Russia, as evidenced by the recent meeting between Putin and  the Presidential Council for Science and Education. Putin addressed the Council, citing the need to increase the pace of innovation in Russia which, despite having three universities included on the […]