Between Russia and Japan: Life on the Kuril Islands

Foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hopes that discussions on joint development of the islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace treaty.

The Moscow Times takes a look at life on the disputed island chain known to Russians as the Southern Kurils, but referred to in Japan as the Northern Territories.

Cinema

Manifesto

International Festival of documentaries about music and contemporary culture

Tue. May. 23 Mon. May. 29

German filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt’s 90-minute feature starring Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. Manifesto’s synopsis describes it as “an homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned artistic statements and innovators, from futurists and dadaists to pop art, fluxus, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch ... this series of reenactments performed by Cate Blanchett explores these declarations’ performative components and political significance.” Read more

'Always Ready!' 95 Years of the Soviet Union's Pioneers

The Soviet Union's Pioneer Organization marks its 95th anniversary today, May 19, 2017. The Moscow Times looks back at the Soviet Union's "always ready" children.

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Hot Air, Cold War: How Russia Spooks Its Arctic Neighbors

Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic has polar countries on edge. But don’t worry — bullets aren’t flying yet.

Work of Art

Arts professor John Lavell’s last big project is to establish ...

Hot Air, Cold War: How Russia Spooks Its Arctic Neighbors

Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic has polar countries on edge. But don’t worry — bullets aren’t flying ...