Traditions Don’t Die Easily in Russia

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

The world faces many crises, but no country can match Russia’s ability to weigh in, tip the balance of power, and seize attention. It has used its abundant supplies of natural gas to advance political goals; it intervened in Ukraine when it felt that those who sympathized with Russia were threatened; its military support has given President Bashar al-Assad’s regime new life in Syria. So, given Russia’s power and the palpable chill every time Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama meet, is Russia America’s biggest foreign threat? NPR “Morning Edition” host …

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Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

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