Russia’s Mail.ru Hopes to Crack U.S. Market With Mobile Chat and Email Programs

Russian Internet company Mail.ru is making its foray into the U.S. market on Tuesday, announcing mail and chat programs for both iOS and Android. MyMail is designed to offer an alternative to the built-in email programs on iOS and Android, while MyChat is another entrant into the crowded messaging space led by WhatsApp and other … Continue reading

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is greeted by German hospitality and gingerbread

After 10 years in a Russian gulag, Mikhail Khodorkovsky tells of the ‘unbelievable feeling of freedom’ as he is reunited with his family in a Berlin hotel Berlin’s Hotel Adlon, which overlooks the Brandenburg Gate and is sandwiched protectively between the US and British embassies, knows how to welcome its guests the traditional German Christmas … Continue reading

Yandex’s Islands goes into beta, now providing feature-rich search results in 3 countries

Last month, Russian Internet giant Yandex unveiled Islands, a feature that brings interactive snippets of content to its search engine, and now it has been released in beta across three countries. The idea behind Islands is to provide a richer set of search results to give users more options and details relating to websites that … Continue reading

Russia faces vodka boycott in backlash against anti-gay law

LGBT activists target brands including Stolichnaya and Russian Standard in response to ban on ‘gay propaganda’ There’s nothing more Russian than vodka, so when gay and lesbian activists decided to protest against the country’s persecution of homosexuals it made sense to target its most famous drink. The US sex writer Dan Savage, famous for his … Continue reading

US will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, Holder tells Russia

Reports this week claimed Snowden had applied for asylum in Russia because he feared torture if he was returned to US The US has told the Russian government that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden should he be extradited, in an attempt to prevent Moscow from granting asylum to the former … Continue reading