Russia’s Bolshoi Theater will not renew its contract with premier dancer Nikolay Tsiskaridze, who has openly criticized the theater’s management. Tsiskaridze claims it is “persecution,” and his fans pledge to stage a protest against the decision.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have announced their decision to divorce after nearly 30 years of marriage. The scrutiny a national leader experiences is a hard burden for anyone to bear, Putin explained.
American philanthropist Susan Lehrman has received the Fulbright Award for contributing to international diplomacy, specifically Russia-US cultural ties. A month ago, her efforts were warmly saluted by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
One of China's most renowned movie directors, Zhang Yimou, is being investigated for allegedly violating the country’s one-child policy and fathering seven kids. If found guilty, the celebrated filmmaker could be fined over $US 26 million.
Sitting in his Belgian home wearing Russia’s two-headed eagle patch, French actor Gerard Depardieu has lashed out against France calling it a "sad" place. The actor told local TV the tax row was not the reason he decided to abandon France.