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Geography of Russian politics

[VIDEO, PHOTOGALLERY]--The traditional parade on May 1st has become a grand display of Russia's broad and diverse political field, which attracts participants of all ages and persuasions, despite the government's recent efforts to silence its opposition and block the activity of non-governmental organizations.

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New Valaam Monastery and Finnish countryside

[PHOTOGALLERY] The New Valaam monastery in Finland is surrounded by beautiful nature and is rich in history.

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Dances of the Far North

[VIDEO-PHOTO SLIDESHOW] A group of students from indigenous tribes in the North of Russia preserve and share their traditional cultures through dance.

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Down the path of hatred

[VIDEO]--Russian officials are leaders of the global conservative movement to repress gay, lesbian and transgender people's fight for legal rights.

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Street performance of the domra

[VIDEO] Liudmila Fedorovna has played the domra, a traditional Russian string instrument, on the streets of St. Petersburg for nearly two decades.

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Arctic Thaw, Industrial Heat

MURMANSK, Russia [VIDEO]--The Russian Arctic is experiencing a surge of activity as the ice across the far north dramatically declines.

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Crackdown

[VIDEO] The Russian government put in place a restrictive new legal framework that will allow the government to crack down on activists, in reaction to a rise of political activity against Vladimir Putin that began in December.

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