Former KGB agent reveals Soviet UFO studies

Former KGB agent reveals Soviet UFO studies

April 12, 2013 Svetlana Smetanina, RBTH

The KGB and the Defense Ministry had dedicated units collecting and analyzing information about paranormal activity. Military experts even knew how to "summon" UFOs and make contact with them

Random acts of kindness online urge a new social order

Random acts of kindness online urge a new social order

August 1, 2012 Svetlana Smetanina

Daru-Dar is an Internet site where anyone can give a gift to a stranger, receiving only gratitude in return. Run by idealists, the project may have found a simple way to help change attitudes

Fostering our own children

Fostering our own children

June 26, 2012 Svetlana Smetanina

With encouragement from local authorities and charities, more and more Russians are interested in adopting or becoming foster parents

The Buranovo Grannies: Life after 70

The Buranovo Grannies: Life after 70

May 1, 2012 Svetlana Smetanina

Why is Russia’s Eurovision group so popular? Could it be because they show an aging world that all is not lost with time?

Live long and prosper

Live long and prosper

April 3, 2012 Svetlana Smetanina

A Russian gerontologist is certain that the normal human life span is 110-120 years

Dance to Live

Dance to Live

January 27, 2012 Svetlana Smetanina

Anyone can dance, even people with disabilities, as the staff of the Spiritualization Rehabilitation Center [Centre Odukhotvorenie, in Russian] have proven. Moreover, this “dance therapy” has a positive therapeutic effect

Should Russia legalize guns?

Should Russia legalize guns?

October 21, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

Polls show that most Russians are against liberalizing gun laws, but proponents are gearing up for a long fight

Non-smoking Russia?

Non-smoking Russia?

September 14, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

New laws are supposed to ban smoking in public places, but the only realistic way to get Russians to smoke less is to raise the price of cigarettes

The art of dressing well

The art of dressing well

August 26, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

Russian businessmen are learning how to choose suits that are both understated and expensive from the best the UK has to offer

Dreams of my Russian summers

Dreams of my Russian summers

July 8, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

It wasn’t that long ago that Russians discovered the allure of Egypt and Turkey as vacation hotspots. This year many have rediscovered the “staycation,” a holiday near home

A country of cyborg and avatars

A country of cyborg and avatars

June 17, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

Can a country of people who can’t plan a meeting a week in advance really be working on technology to let people live forever?

Protecting Russia’s orphans

Protecting Russia’s orphans

April 13, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

Monitoring international adoptions is only a piece of the solution to the problems of Russia's orphans. Changing the system within Russia must also be part of the process

Predicting the future of Russia

Predicting the future of Russia

March 28, 2011 Svetlana Smetanina

A recent conference of young sociologists brought to light some interesting scenarios for Russia's future

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