Best of Asia-Pacific in 2015

RBTH’s Asian editors select the 10 best features and articles about Russia and the Asia-Pacific that were published by RBTH.com in 2015.

1. The changing nature of Russia-Southeast Asia relations

With great economic difficulties at hand and help from the developed West unlikely, Moscow might as well start thinking of itself as an object of action on behalf of Southeast Asian countries.
 

2. Geostrategic shift in the Asia-Pacific: Moscow, Manila push the envelope 

September 28, 2015 RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHARBTH
As the Chinese-American rivalry heats up the Asia-Pacific, the Philippines wants Russia to take the lead and cool things down.
 

3. 10 most unique mosques in Russia


RBTH presents a gallery of ten unique Russian mosques, from Moscow to the northernmost city in the world.
By Daria Strelávina, Kira Egorova, Viktoria Semióshina, RBTH

 

 

4. Kalmykia’s Samurai: Japanese Ex-POW closes in on 70 years in Russia

Yusitero Nakagawa, who was imprisoned by the Red Army in Sakhalin, chose to settle down in the Soviet Union. Rossiyskaya Gazeta caught up with the 88-year old farmer who is called Uncle Sasha by his neighbors, and was presumed dead by the Japanese.
 

5. Russian Tsar’s descendant dies in Australian outback town

December 17, 2015 KATHERINE TERSSPECIAL TO RBTH
Leonid Kulikovsky, a descendant of Russia’s Romanov dynasty and a distant relative of England’s royal family, passed away in an outback Australian town in September. RBTH looks back at the life of this humble man, who always maintained a low profile.
 
 

6. Cable wars: Can Russia really cut the jugular?

Both the U.S. and Russia have the means to clip undersea cables but don’t worry, unless there’s a full on war, your internet surfing won’t be interrupted.
 

7. When Akira Kurosawa brought the Russian Far East to the silver screen 

December 25, 2015 AJAY KAMALAKARANRBTH
In his illustrious career, Akira Kurosawa directed three films that were based on works by Russian writers. ‘Dersu Uzala,’ a Japanese-Soviet co-production that was filmed in the Russian Far East won an Oscar in 1976.
 

8. 7 facts you never knew about Burkinis


Russian fashion designer Dilara Sadrieva talks about the Burkini, a swimsuit designed for Muslim women.

By Viktoria Semióshina, RBTH

 

9. 5 key differences in Russian and Japanese business etiquette

September 25, 2015 EKATERINA STEPANOVASPECIAL TO RBTH
The two countries have distinctly different approaches to doing business.
 

10. Life with a Filipina mother-in-law

June 8, 2015 IRINA VINOKUROVARBTH
Filipino, Thai and Russian culture and traditions blend in smoothly in Irina Vinokurova’s international family, which equally enjoys longanisa and Olivier.

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