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Riga mayor upstaged by cat in Q&A

13 April 2017 · Riga · Latvia
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  • (Pan Jutubowski / YouTube)

You probably watched the viral BBC interview that saw Korea expert Professor Robert Kelly's TV appearance gatecrashed by his children. They say you should never work with children or animals — Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs discovered the second half of this phrase when his recent online Q&A session welcomed a feline visitor.

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Russian company launches sanctified smartphones for Easter

13 April 2017 · Russia
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Russian luxury smartphone brand Caviar has launched three Orthodoxy and prayer-themed smartphones to mark Easter.

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Croatia’s iconic Vukovar water tower blazes as symbolic unity flame

13 April 2017 · Vukovar · Croatia
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The bullet hole-ridden water tower of Croatia's eastern city of Vukovar is among the most famous symbols of the city's suffering during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s. This Tuesday the tower became a flaming torch, in celebration of the completion of the first phase of its restoration.

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Clear of people: Polish photographer Michal Iwanowski in London photo book launch

13 April 2017 · Poland
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Clear of People, Michal Iwanowski

Next week Polish-born photographer Michal Iwanowski is launching his photobook Clear of People in London, a project that saw him walk over 2,000 km to retrace his grandfather's escape from a Russian gulag.

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Meet Tatiana, the Russian pensioner whose vlogs are next level

12 April 2017 · Russia
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Russian pensioner Tatiana Subbotina has shot to fame with her series of YouTube videos. If you don't speak Russian, fear not — the joy is really in the visuals.

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Farewell forever youth: Moscow’s WINZAVOD presents anniversary programme

12 April 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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Egor Koshelev with work to be presented in Palazzo Koshelev (Image: WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Centre / Facebook)

Tomorrow Moscow's WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art opens the first exhibition from its 10th anniversary series Farewell Forever Youth: Palazzo Koshelev by Egor Koshelev.

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Kazakhstan will soon bid farewell to Cyrillic

12 April 2017 · Kazakhstan
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A Kazakh-Russian dictionary, with Kazakh written in Cyrillic script (Image: Egov.kz)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has announced that the Kazakh language will make the switch from the Cyrillic alphabet to Latin script.

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Major Lazer announce collaboration with Kazakh rapper Scriptonite

12 April 2017 · Kazakhstan · Russia
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  • (Collaboration: Scriptonite and Major Lazer , Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire / Podshlushano Scriptonite / YouTube)

American electronic trio Major Lazer have announced their partnership with Russian-speaking Kazakh rapper Scriptonite on a brand new track.

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Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin returns to Royal Ballet in June

12 April 2017 · Ukraine
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  • Sergei Polunin in Diesel’s S/S “Make Love Not Walls” campaign (Diesel SS17 ADV Campaign: MAKE LOVE NOT WALLS, a film directed by David LaChapelle / Diesel / YouTube)

Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin is set to dance once again at the Royal Ballet in June, having dramatically resigned from the company in 2012.

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Live streaming is the name of the game in Albanian elections

11 April 2017 · Albania
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Has traditional media become old hat in Albanian politics? A boom in live internet streaming in the run-up to June's presidential elections suggests this might be the case.

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