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Russian art activist Pyotr Pavlensky to seek asylum in France

Pyotr Pavlensky (Image: Dmitry Tsyrenshikov, 2014)

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky says he plans to seek asylum in France, amid allegations that he committed a sex crime.

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Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

  • Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

    To the concert, Elena Marttila

  • Art and endurance: glimpse the everyday life of the siege of Leningrad

    Portrait of Olga Berggolts, Elena Marttila

Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad, an exhibition of works by Elena Marttila (b. 1923) capturing the experience of everyday life during the Leningrad blockade, opens this week in Cambridge.

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Russian snow festival ruined… by too much snow

It turns out you can have too much of a good thing. The organisers of a festival in honour of World Snow Day on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin found this out when they were forced to cancel the snowy celebration due to heavy snowfall.

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Film is a theorem: watch the documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa on Mubi

Scene from Maidan (2014, dir. Sergei Loznitsa)

You probably know acclaimed Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa for his recent films Maidan (2014), The Event (2015), and Austerlitz (2016) — now online cinema club Mubi is presenting the filmmaker's early documentaries in a special programme, “Film is a Theorem”.

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Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

  • Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

    (Image: Nikodem Nijaki under a CC licence)

  • Budapest’s Shoes On The Danube Bank among most fascinating public sculptures

    (Image: Dennis Jarvis under a CC licence)

Leading architectural design magazine Architectural Digest has named the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, among the world's “13 Most Fascinating Public Sculptures”.

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St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg to be transferred to Orthodox Church

(Image: Geevee under a CC licence)

St Petersburg's governor, Georgy Poltavchenko, has announced that St Isaac's Cathedral — officially a museum — will be handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Photo of the week: dive into the crystalline waters of this deceptive Adriatic island

From <em>Imported Desert</em> by Bojan Mrđenović

We're nearly halfway through January, and with “blue Monday” fast approaching (reportedly the saddest day of the year), your mind is no doubt dreaming of cocktails by a crystalline sea, like that captured by Croatian photographer Bojan Mrđenović — our photo of the week. 

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You shall go to the ball: Bosnian shoemaker gets Trump invite

Melania Trump on the campaign trail with her husband (Image: Marc Nozell under a CC licence)

Marinko Umičević, a Bosnian shoemaker who created two pairs of custom-made shoes for Melania Trump, has received an invite to attend one of Donald Trump's inauguration balls.

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Journalist departures spark concern in Albania

The departure of several journalists and editors from major Albanian media outlets has drawn criticism from the country's opposition party, the Democratic Party, amid fears that opposition voices in the mainstream media are disappearing.

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Construction starts on Poland’s tallest building

(Image: Foster and Partners)

British international architecture studio Foster and Partners has begun construction on the skyscraper that is set to be Poland's tallest building — Varso Tower will rise above Warsaw at 310m tall.

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