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The real Russia behind the hype

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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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.

August 14

By Paul E. Richardson

Meet two more of our heroes whose long lives have surely been made possible by the care of their family and community.


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October 14

By Alice E.M. Underwood

On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.

December 10

By Alice E.M. Underwood

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August 20

By The Editors

On the Spine of Russia project, journalists Richardson and Mordasov asked over 40 Russians if they were patriots, and why. Here are some of their responses...