Level 2 news are geared towards intermediate students. If you´ve previously mastered the News in Slow Russian Word Book (click to download) with 1500 common words, you´ll be able to understand about 60% of the article content. Be ready to find there more complicated structures like complex tenses, participles, conditionals and passive voice. Level 2 articles will help you significantly broaden vocabulary and get familiar with real Russian. At this point, you should start listening to normal speed audio (after you´ve listened a few times and got comfortable with slow-speed version, of course).