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Russia is in the news like never before. We don't let that sidetrack us. Ours is a longer view.

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For over twenty years, Russian Life magazine has been the most reliable English language source on Russian history, culture, language, food, online trends, news, books, events, travel, and more.

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Most Recent Stories

August 20

By Paul E. Richardson

Given the historical and personal realities she faced, Maria Konyayeva was very unlikely to live to 100 when she was born in 1917. And yet here she is.

August 18

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A not-quite lake makes a splash, zombies on public transit, and problems memorializing history's tragedies. But on the bright side, shirtless men and hippos.

August 17

By Paul E. Richardson

For all the romanticism commonly associated with world travel, the brutal reality is that it is often a very un-romantic undertaking to move the meat that is our bodies around in the world.


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