Russia

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For the love of dance, an American ballerina visits Russia

A 17-year-old American spent six weeks in Russia learning the language and studying ballet at the Bolshoi. Learn how she did it.
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In Alaska, linguists preserve Russian dialect

Preservers are at work in the sleepy Alaskan village of Ninilchik, where elderly residents speak a Russian dialect frozen in time, unchanged since 1847.
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New sanctions target corrupt actors, rights abusers

President Trump's new sanctions — the first related to the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act — target human rights abusers worldwide.
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Across Europe, spending on defense grows

Defense spending by NATO members to protect freedom is growing in response to Russian aggression, cyber attacks and terrorism.
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America honors 100 million victims of communism

On the National Day for the Victims of Communism, the U.S. remembers the 100 million people killed by communist regimes over the past century.
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Tillerson says U.S.-European ties vital to countering threats

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlights the importance of a strong trans-Atlantic partnership in the face of new and renewed threats.
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Game of Thrones and the Russian language [video]

Dothraki, the language spoken by the warrior tribe of Essos from the show “Game of Thrones,” borrows many of its components from Russian.
Woman standing at edge of canyon (Courtesy of Mariia Kharina)

Lessons from a Russian teaching in West Virginia

Teaching in the United States has been a life-changing experience for Mariia Kharina, who lectures at Bluefield State College in West Virginia.
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The Bolshoi’s first American ballerina, in her own words

When Joy Womack was 7 years old, she told her mom that one day she would become a ballerina with the famous Bolshoi Ballet.