KHL attacks; Surrogate mothers: the right to bring happiness

KHL attacks

Decades ago the Soviet Union was the driving force behind ice hockey around the world, with a fearsome nickname to match: the Red Machine. But after the Soviet break-up, the machine faltered. In nearly two decades, Russia only won one major international tournament – in 1993. The situation radically changed in spring 2008 when a continental hockey league, a real alternative to the National Hockey League, was set up in Russia. And the goal scored by Ilya Kovalchuk on May 18, 2008, brought Russia its first world championship victory in 15 years. That symbolized the rebirth of the invincible Red Machine…

Surrogate mothers: the right to bring happiness

Commercial surrogacy is on the rise in Russia. Healthy women between 20 and 35 years old, who already have children, can become a surrogate. There is no limit to how much they can be paid for carrying someone else's child. Under Russian law, the natural parents have complete rights to a newborn only if the surrogate mother signs away any claims to the child.