The Matritsa narrow-gauge railway is crucial to the survival of some villages in the Caucasus Mountains. They take it to school or to visit the doctor, and use it to haul loads. There are no roads in the area.
A 17-year-old killed himself and wounded three FSB employees at the security service's office in the city of Arkhangelsk. Attacks on the FSB and police are rare outside Russia's North Caucasus region.
People in the tiny north Caucasus region are taking to the streets over a secretive land treaty with Chechnya. Unlike protests elsewhere in Russia, the demonstrations are supported by the elite – and even the police.
As a rift between the Eastern Orthodox Church's Ukrainian and Russian branches deepens, Dr Ralph Lee, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge contributed to DW's review of the church's history and beliefs.
Russia's Defense Ministry claims the US tested biological weapons at a medical facility in Georgia. A US official told DW that the allegations are part of Russia's "disinformation campaign" against the West.
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