A guide to the new east


Pawlikowski receives state honour

Paweł Pawlikowski (Image: Disney | ABC Television Group under a CC licence)

Paweł Pawlikowski, director of  2015 Academy Award-winning Ida, has been honoured by Polish president Bronisław Komorowski.

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Marina Abramović reveals funeral plans

Marina Abramović (Image: Manfred Werner / Tsui under a CC licence)

Marina Abramović has revealed plans for her own funeral. The Serbian performance artist, 67, wants it to include a colourful dress code, black comedy and live music.

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Serbian state-owned media outlets on sale

Tanjug news agency in Belgrade (Image: Orjen under a CC licence)

The sale of 38 state-owned media outlets has been launched by Serbia’s privatisation agency. The most important outlets that have applied for sale include Tanjug, the state news agency, and the daily newspaper Dnevnik.

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Russian cosmonaut sets record for longest time in space

Gennady Padalka (Image: NASA HQ PHOTO under a CC licence)

A Russian cosmonaut has set a new record for the longest total time spent in space. Gennady Padalka has been in orbit for more than 804 days across five missions, beating the previous record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes.

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No Vladimir the Great statue on Sparrow Hills

The Vladimir the Great monument as it might have looked on Sparrow Hills. (Visualisation by Dmitry Chistoprudov)

The Moscow authorities have decided against erecting a statue of Vladimir the Great on Sparrow Hills.

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Serbia unveils monument to Franz Ferdinand assassin

Graffiti depicting Gavrilo Princip in Belgrade (Image: Goldfinger under a CC licence)

A statue of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who shot dead Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914, has been unveiled in Belgrade. 

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Putin honours Burnt by the Sun director

Nikita Mikhalkov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has honoured the filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, bestowing upon him the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”. Mikhalkov is best known for directing the 1994 Academy Award-winning Burnt by the Sun, which won the prize for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Russian city bans yoga classes

A Hatha yoga class (Image: Thomas Moore under a CC licence)

Officials in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk in the Tyumen region have banned municipal buildings from hosting yoga classes in an attempt to reduce the spread of religious cults.

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Leviathan director invited to sit on Oscars jury

Andrey Zvyagintsev, director of Leviathan (2014)

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, best known for his 2014 film Leviathan, has been invited to sit on the Oscars jury.

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Oscar-winner set to make film about Crimea

Concert hall on the waterfront in Sevastopol, Crimea (Image: Nick Savchenko under a CC licence)

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has announced that the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture is in talks with a foreign Oscar-winning director concerning the production of a film about Crimea.

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