Corey Flintoff en On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so. He made the comments on a televised call-in show. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 35388 at Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of security for the Olympics.<p>The Cossacks, trying to enforce a government ban on protests, knocked band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground, lashed her with a horse whip, and roughed up other musicians.<p>There was no pretext that the band was violating any laws, and there were no charges filed aga Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 33923 at Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive Forests cover about half of Russia's land mass, an environmental resource that President Vladimir Putin calls "the powerful green lungs of the planet."<p>But Putin himself acknowledges that Russia, the world's biggest exporter of logs, is having its timber stolen at an unprecedented rate.<p>The demand for high-value timber is fueling organized crime, government corruption and illegal logging in the Russian Far East. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 30844 at In Russia's Vast Far East, Timber Thieves Thrive Russia Charges Greenpeace Activists With Piracy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Russian prosecutors have filed charges of piracy against 14 people who were aboard a Greenpeace boat during a protest last month in the Russian Arctic. Under Russian law, piracy is punishable by as much as 15 years in prison. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 30361 at Forum Discusses Arctic Oil And Gas Searches Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On the first Monday of the rest of your life, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Climate change is melting ice in the Arctic. And that is opening up the top of the world to drilling, shipping traffic, and also concerns about the environment. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:28:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 30275 at What's Driving Russia's Tactical Change On Syria? For months, Russia has been playing a defensive game on Syria, blocking U.N. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29829 at What's Driving Russia's Tactical Change On Syria? Loser In Moscow Mayoral Election The One That's Made News Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>The mayor of Moscow is sometimes called the second most powerful official in Russia after President Vladimir Putin. The city of nearly 12 million people is Russia's economic and political capital - think New York City and Washington combined. So the results of yesterday's mayoral election made big news not because, as expected, the race went to the Kremlin-backed incumbent but because the challenger got 27 percent, far better than expected. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 29765 at Former Soviet Republic's Democratic Transition Questioned Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It was five years ago that the U.S. was chastising Russia over its invasion of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Russian tanks had moved across the border after Georgian forces tried to re-take a separatist region, a region which Russia backed. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 28917 at Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome Russia's immigration issues would be familiar to Americans: Millions of impoverished migrants have come and found low-wage jobs. Some are in Russia illegally and are exploited by their employers. And a growing number of Russians fear this influx of migrants, many of whom are Muslim, is changing the face of the country.<p>At 3:30 on a recent morning, the train from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, pulls into Moscow after a four-day journey. The passengers hauling their bags out onto the damp, ill-lit platform are mostly men. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:51:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 28894 at Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome Anti-Gay Riot In Tblisi Tests Balance Between Church, State While gay rights have been gaining ground in the West, they've been facing a strong backlash in many countries of the former Soviet Union.<p>Russia recently <a href="">passed a law</a> that makes it a crime to give information about "non-traditional sexual relationships" to minors.<p>Gay-rights advocates say the wording of the law is so vague that it can be used to <a href="">ban gay-pride parades</a> or, in fact, any public discussion Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 28677 at Anti-Gay Riot In Tblisi Tests Balance Between Church, State