A New Underwater Internet Cable Directly Connects Crimea And Russia

Russia's connection with Crimea is an unsolved geopolitical quandary, but the physical connection to the Russian mainland just got a bit stronger: Crimean ISPs have transitioned over to a new 28.5-mile-long underwater cable connecting directly to Russia, bypassing the old connection through Ukraine. » 8/01/14 12:14pm 8/01/14 12:14pm

If you forget about all its terrible crap, Russia doesn't seem that bad

If you forget about its psychopath leader and oligarchs, its complete disregard for human rights, the gay hate from a majority of its population, and its people's suicidal tendencies documented in countless videos, Russia actually seems pretty cool. Or so says David Duchovny in this fun beer ad. » 7/29/14 9:22pm 7/29/14 9:22pm

Poor Doors, Hot Trains, Old Ads: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

It's hot pretty much everywhere and everyone's in a horrible mood. Which means there is plenty of ruining of cities to be had—so much so, that I've had to double up on this week's selections. From a plan to plunge Russia into darkness, to a steamy, sweaty Tube in London, it's What's Ruining Our Cities: The Dog Days of… » 7/27/14 4:00pm 7/27/14 4:00pm

World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens—and you can jump off…

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world has opened in Russia, with a 1,800-foot span. It offers breathtaking views of the Sochi landscape but it isn't really designed for your daily commute—it is part of a skypark and you can bungee jump off it for a 650-foot drop, as shown in this video. » 7/22/14 11:27am 7/22/14 11:27am

Three different accidents in 30 seconds in one intersection in Russia

Driving in Russia is flirting with death—watch these three accidents happening in 30 seconds. First, the grey van violently rams itself into the car in front of it. The red car cuts off the dash cam and skids by. And then the original grey van zooms into the intersection and gets smashed sideways by a bus and an SUV. » 7/18/14 10:19pm 7/18/14 10:19pm

A Tweetbot Caught the Russian Gov't Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There's a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address. » 7/18/14 6:44pm 7/18/14 6:44pm

How That Giant Hole in Sibera Could Have Formed

By now, you've likely seen the mysterious, yawning hole that appeared in Russia's remote Yamal peninsula, a place whose name literally means "the end of the world." How perfectly spooky! But now that scientists made it out to investigate the hole, let's sort out the facts, conjectures, and conspiracy theories about… » 7/18/14 2:42pm 7/18/14 2:42pm

Russia's World Cup Is Already Outrageously Expensive

Maybe you're still mourning Brazil's catastrophic loss to Germany, but the rest of the world has moved on—to discussing the impact of the next series, which will take place in 11 Russian cities in 2018. And according to their reports, it's going to be very, very expensive. Like $11,500 per seat expensive. » 7/18/14 12:13pm 7/18/14 12:13pm

New video of mysterious giant Siberian hole filmed by investigation team

Watch new footage of the mysterious giant hole that opened up in Siberia as a scientific expedition—with the country's Emergencies Ministry represented—reaches the remote site and looks inside. An explosion below the ground is currently thought to be the most probable explanation—but the date and cause remain unknown. » 7/17/14 9:41am 7/17/14 9:41am

Living lake in Russia is hungry for human bodies and souls

Avoid Russia. It's not the human rights situation, their maniac president, or even all those crazy drivers trying to kill you. It's just that this unholy land will destroy you on its own, without any human intervention: Screaming meteors, massive fires, giant holes, and now living lakes hungry for human bodies. » 7/16/14 8:20pm 7/16/14 8:20pm

Mysterious giant hole suddenly appears in Siberia [Updated]

A mysterious giant hole and crater have suddenly appeared in Siberia, Russia. There are not many details right now, but the video captured from a helicopter shows a weird configuration with debris and signs of combustion around it. What the hell is this? Update: New pictures and video show the interior of the hole in… » 7/16/14 9:48am 7/16/14 9:48am

A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:20pm 7/09/14 3:20pm