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Russia's acting President Vladimir Putin, left, and a Russian soldier in Chechnya. (AP Photos)

Russia in Transition

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has posed a new set of questions to the West, and has faced new issues in its own region, as well as within its own borders.

In the midst of a war to control rebels in the province of Chechnya, Soviet President Boris Yeltsin resigned on Dec. 31, 1999, and Vladimir Putin became acting president until elections in March.

Here is a guide to finding out more about Russia, using the resources of the World Wide Web.

Politics and Current Affairs

Russia Today -- An online publication featuring news, current affairs, Russian history, culture and more. -- News and information from and about Russia.

Russian politics -- A comprehensive personal site provides information on key figures, elections and links to the CIA site on Russia.
Russian Media Monitoring Agency -- Daily news from several Russian news media.
The Library of Congress on Russia
Russian news on Yahoo
News from The Wire, on AP

History and Culture

Russian history from Bucknell University -- an exhaustive site.
Russia Photo Track combines pictures and history.
Early Russian history also includes current issues.

Visiting Russia

Russia Alive -- For virtual travelers or real tourists
Russia on the Net in English and Russian.
Russia National Tourist -- Russian history, culture and tourism.
United States Information Agency -- Especially useful to U.S. tourists and businessmen planning to visit Russia.

Media and Research

REESWeb -- Russian and East European studies Internet resources.
Business Digest -- Business and investment  in Russia.
Russian military news -- A survey of the Russian military press.
Russian News Agency

-- Links compiled by Ibim Semenitari for PG Online

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