Amid violence and discrimination, Moscow’s Roma theatre plays on | AFP

With passionate songs, flowing dresses and wildly strumming guitars, a theatre in Moscow has staged colourful evocations of Roma culture since the early Soviet era.

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Russian town dredges up Stalin statue, old divisions | AFP

The discovery of a Joseph Stalin statue at the bottom of a pond has divided a remote Russian town and dredged up a debate about the Soviet dictator’s legacy.

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Tetris puzzle video game going strong at 35

The electric puzzle video game “Tetris” turns 35 this year. It was created by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov while he was working as a Soviet computer programmer. Pajitnov says that for fans of the game it’s a “good addiction.” (June 11)

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In Russia, thousands search for remains of Soviet war dead

Every spring, groups go to a hilly area named Sinyavino to the east of Saint Petersburg that saw heavy fighting from 1941 to 1944, as Soviets attempted to break through a Nazi blockade. Thanks to volunteers who carry out regular digs at battlefield sites outside Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) the soldiers will finally be buried, decades after the end of the war.

Today in History for April 25th

Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi born; ‘America’ first used on a world map; U.S. and Soviet troops meet in World War II; The Hubble Space Telescope deployed into orbit; Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald born. (April 25)

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