Leonid Burmistrov, a researcher at the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, stands amid orange "sorbus" or "mountain ash." This fruit and others could be destroyed if the Russian government sells the land in the village of Pavlovsk. David Greene/NPR hide caption

toggle caption David Greene/NPR

Visitors walk through a room that contains works by early Italian painters at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Estonia, which joined the European Union in 2004, will adopt the euro as its currency in January 2011. Matthias Rietschel/AP hide caption

toggle caption Matthias Rietschel/AP
Sergei Sotnikov/NPR

Police officers carry a detained opposition activist during a banned anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow on May 31. Opposition leaders say the new law, championed by the majority United Russia party led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, could be used to pressure activists into not organizing such protests. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

toggle caption Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky (center) speaks to his lawyer from behind a glass wall in court. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, was sentenced in 2005 to nine years in prison. Now, he faces new charges. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

toggle caption Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

An ethnic Uzbek mother and son wait at the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border outside the village of Suratash, Kyrgyzstan, on June 14. Uzbek and Kyrgyz alike are trying to make sense of ethnic violence that took place last month. Oxana Onipko/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Oxana Onipko/AFP/Getty Images

This undated image from the Russian social networking website Odnoklassniki, or Classmates, shows a woman whom journalists have identified as Anna Chapman. Besides being accused of espionage, Chapman has become an Internet sensation. AP hide caption

toggle caption AP

Ethnic Uzbek women from Kyrgyzstan plead for help at a refugee camp in Nariman on the border with Uzbekistan. Tens of thousands of minority Uzbeks have fled their homes in the wake of ethnic violence last week in southern Kyrgyzstan. Oxana Onipko/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Oxana Onipko/AFP/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor