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February 8, 2013, 12pm PST
It will cost more than $50 billion to transform the "once sleepy" Black Sea resort of Sochi into the "sleek host" of the 2014 Winter Olympics, writes David M. Herszenhorn. The most expensive games ever is a pet project of President Vladimir V. Putin.
The New York Times
January 3, 2013, 5am PST
Russia's growing middle class is leading a boom in American-style enclosed shopping malls, which are still rather new to the country. Some rival the size and popularity of Minnesota's infamous Mall of America.
The New York Times
December 14, 2012, 2pm PST
You know what they say about not being able to turn away from an accident? Well what about 13 minutes of accidents? We can't help but laugh at some of the insane (and frightening) driving on display in this compilation of Russian accident videos.
NPR
December 4, 2012, 11am PST
Over the weekend, a 100-mile long traffic jam caused by snow, questionable decisions, and underinvestment on Soviet-era infrastructure, left 10,000 vehicles stranded on the M10 highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The New York Times
November 19, 2012, 5am PST
Mere months after it was completed, London's Shard has passed the title of Europe's tallest building to Moscow's Mercury City tower, a "beacon of pink mirrored glass," writes Oliver Wainwright.
The Guardian
February 24, 2012, 8am PST
Jennifer Hattam profiles a DIY project of artist Anton Polsky, who set out to create a better bike map for the city of Moscow.
Treehugger
February 15, 2012, 11am PST
Nate Berg reports on a plan by federal and city government officials in Moscow to decamp from the central city for offices in newly annexed outer regions, and to redevelop the former office buildings as housing and hotels.
The Atlantic Cities
December 20, 2011, 5am PST
It's on the scale of a Deepwater Horizon spill every 2 months - except that it's considered the cost of doing business. Aging pipes, lax oversight and inclement weather all combine to make an estimated 5 million tons of annual spillage.
AP via Yahoo Finance
August 24, 2011, 5am PDT
Officials in Russia are hoping to create their own version of Silicon Valley by luring tech companies to the Skolkovo innovation hub.
Financial Times
August 23, 2011, 8am PDT
Russian officials are pushing a plan to build a tunnel connecting Russian territory to the United States.
MSNBC
July 27, 2011, 12pm PDT
Officials in Moscow are pushing a plan to double the footprint of the city in order to ease congestion and overcrowding. Some worry sprawling development patters will follow.
Guardian
July 10, 2011, 11am PDT
Construction is underway to prepare the Russian resort city of Sochi for its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics. But it's not just venues for the games that are being built.
The Voice of Russia
April 15, 2011, 10am PDT
The blog of Pavel Popelskii highlights illustrations from a time when Russia was looking towards a bright, space-age future, with nuclear-powered dirigibles and "super mega jet air cushion trains".
scienceillustration.mypage.ru
March 18, 2011, 11am PDT
As it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian resort city of Sochi has transformed from a "blank slate" into the "world's biggest construction site".
Business Insider
December 18, 2010, 5am PST
Russian cities will be connected by high speed rail by the time the country hosts the 2018 World Cup, according to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Rianovosti
December 16, 2010, 7am PST
As Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup, officials are predicting that infrastructure projects will see a major boost.
The Moscow News
December 7, 2010, 5am PST
Russia has been developing a $2 billion alternative to the American GPS system. This week, a programming error sent 3 critical satellites crashing into the Pacific Ocean.
The Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2010, 11am PST
A Russian construction company wants to build a 100,000-person city in an abandoned diamond mine, and cover it with a dome.
Wired UK
November 18, 2010, 11am PST
Stephen Smith critiques the new mayor's strategies for fighting congestion in the Russian city.
Market Urbanism
October 26, 2010, 6am PDT
With the debut of the latest map of the Moscow Metro, TheCityFix's Jonna McKone takes a look at mass transit maps from across the globe and chats with mapmaker Cameron Booth.
TheCityFix