Artist rendering of the Federation Tower (now under construction), part of the Moscow City business district and the tallest building in Europe (93 stories; 448.2 meters or 1,470.5 feet)
Welcome to the Russia Blog! As you can see, our website now has a new design and user-friendly interface; however it is the same resource about Russia produced by Discovery Institute's Real Russia Project. As of November 14, 2006, Russia Blog has logged 356 posts and 1,280 reader comments, covering all aspects of life in Russia, including politics, economics, popular culture, human rights, and crime.
Please use the search engine on the left to find a specific article on the topic you are interested in. For example, if you are looking for anything to do with Chechnya, simply type in "Chechnya". If you are looking for what Putin might have said about Iran's nuclear program, type in "Putin Iran" and click search. Also feel free to use the categories list on the left to look up articles related to the topic of your choice; sometimes you will be surprised by the information you will find in the "Did You Know" or "Human Rights" categories.
Please click on the extended post to read more about us and how you can support our work.
Russia Blog is managed by Yuri Mamchur, Director of the Real Russia Project. In his free time, Yuri composes music and teaches piano lessons to kids. Russia Blog is edited by Discovery Institute writer and researcher Charles Ganske, who enjoys Russian music and films. The two of us work together on each post and we are always happy to accept article submissions and comments from our readers.
The Real Russia Project is an independent program of the Discovery Institute, based in Seattle, Washington; the institute has another office located in Washington D.C. which is home to Discovery's Technology and Democracy Project. Discovery Institute has many other public policy programs which are independent from each other. To learn more about Discovery's programs, please visit www.discovery.org.
The goal of the Real Russia Project is to provide an accurate picture of Russia and promote healthy U.S.-Russian relations. We believe that a positive relationship with Russia is in the national interest of the United States and contributes to prosperity and stability in the world. The Cold War is over, and today both countries face a common enemy -- global terrorism - and common sets of challenges.
Russia has vast natural resources and the world's second fastest growing economy. Russia owns 28% of the world's natural gas reserves and recently surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest oil producer. Russia also has plenty of timber, aluminum, gold, titanium, etc. Russia is home to the world's largest gas and aluminum corporations; their shares are publicly traded and available to foreign investors. Russia is a democratic nation that has a lot in common with America. The U.S. has both a financial incentive and national interest in investing in a country which does not use energy profits to support radical groups around the world.
Russia's experiment with democracy and the free market is only 15 years old; we believe that these ideals are best promoted through expanding trade relations between Russia and the world's established democracies. Unfortunately, in recent years American businesses have missed out on opportunities that other countries have profited from in the new Russian economy. It seems like many Cold War stereotypes still stand in the way of mutual prosperity and understanding between Russia and America. The Real Russia Project is here to debunk these myths by providing Americans with an accurate and balanced picture of the new Russia.
The Real Russia Project is responsible for its own fundraising, and at the moment is solely supported by contributions from Washington State businesses and investors. Our program has a lot of room to grow and many goals to accomplish, so we are always seeking your support.
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