This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.
Russia on Saturday marked 70 years since the Battle of Stalingrad, a turning point in World War Two in which the Red Army defeated the Nazis. President Vladimir Putin led tributes in Volgograd, renamed Stalingrad for the day.
One month ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian children by American families. The move came in response to US sanctions against Russian officials. The controversy over the law refuses to die down. Detractors accuse the Kremlin of using Russian orphans as pawns in a game of politics with Washington and abandoning the 110,000 children currently in Russian orphanages.
Over the weekend, a controversial referendum on whether to build a new nuclear power plant in Bulgaria was invalidated due to low voter turnout. But Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev explains to Marc Perelman why he is still determined to keep developing nuclear power in the country, and say he expects new debates after the mid-year parliamentary elections.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chances of remaining in power are getting “smaller and smaller”, according to a transcript of an interview with CNN released by Medvedev’s office on Sunday.
Russia is playing a big part at this year’s World Economic Forum. PM Dmitry Medvedev is among the political leaders who made the trip to Davos and Moscow currently holds the G20 presidency. However, the country’s image as an investment destination is still hampered by concerns of corruption. For more on this issue, Markus Karlsson speaks to Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund.
Russia’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved a draft law banning “homosexual propaganda”. At least 20 people were detained after scuffles broke out outside the Duma between Orthodox Christians and gay activists.
The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, Sergei Filin, may have lost his eyesight after a masked man attacked him with acid on Thursday night. Bolshoi officials said that Filin has received threats over recent months.
A Russian court on Wednesday rejected Pussy Riot band member Maria Alyokhina’s plea to defer her prison sentence until after her 5-year-old son reaches adolescence, despite fears the child will be irrevocably harmed by her absence.