Why Russia and China are besties

The Kremlin has been eying China for a very long time.

  • Russia is not a European power, nor does it strive to be, says Parag Khanna. It is a Eurasian power.
  • Western sanctions on Russia, coupled with Asian's economic rise, has inspired Russia to pivot toward China – its largest trading partner.
  • The West would understand Russia better if it fully considered Russia's economic reorientation toward Asia, and especially China.
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10 of the most controversial people in Russian history

The hard part was keeping the list down to ten.

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  • Russia's history is fascinating and filled with colorful characters.
  • Some of the most influential of them have been extremely controversial.
  • Here are ten of the most interesting, both good and bad.
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The moon is inside Earth's atmosphere, European researchers say

Scientists examined data from 20 years ago to reach a startling new conclusion.

Earth appears over the Lunar horizon. Photo taken during the Apollo 11 mission. 1969. Credit: NASA
  • Observations made by the SOHO spacecraft over 20 years ago lead to a new discovery.
  • The Earth has hydrogen envelope as part of its outer atmosphere called the geocorona.
  • The geocorona stretches well past the moon, reveals a study.
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Top 5 KGB operations on U.S. soil

Russia's famed intelligence agency was often successful in getting American secrets.

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  • The KGB recruited spies and carried out numerous operations in the United States.
  • The spies compromised U.S. intelligence and military.
  • Some practices of the KGB continue in modern intelligence.
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How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions

The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.

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  • Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
  • The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
  • The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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