We connect Russophiles with the Russia they love 

Learn how

In The Magazine

Sochi +5

Sochi +5

Views of Sochi, five years after the close of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in that southern city.
Tramvai!

Tramvai!

One hundred and twenty years ago, the first electric tram went into operation in Moscow.
Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

W.W. Norton has released a new translation, by Michael Katz, of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. We excerpt here the novel’s opening.
Sviyazhsk

Sviyazhsk

A fortress town built half a millennium ago by Ivan the Terrible (to conquer Kazan) is enjoying a new life as a cultural tourism destination.

Join Our Tribe

Books

Popular Articles

Why Don't Russians Smile?
January 10, 2014

Why Don't Russians Smile?

By The Editors

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

Murder and the Muse
December 12, 2016

Murder and the Muse

KGB Chief Andropov has tapped Matyushkin to solve a brazen jewel heist from Picasso’s wife at the posh Metropole Hotel. But when the case bleeds over into murder, machinations, and international intrigue, not everyone is eager to see where the clues might lead.

Events for Russophiles

Exhibition Reception
March 30, 2019

Exhibition Reception

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers | New Brunswick, NJ

Reception for the new exhibition "Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge," the artist's first museum retrospective in the United States.

Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios
April 20, 2019

Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Museum of Russian Art is honored to present Rachmaninov, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios Featuring: Natalia Moiseeva, violin; Tanya Remenikova, cello; Denis Evstuhin, piano.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: The Centennial
May 19, 2019

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: The Centennial

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue | New York, N.Y.

Celebrating on of 20th-century most prolific composers with a rare performance of his 24 Cello Preludes along with Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition.

2019 Spring Gala
May 20, 2019

2019 Spring Gala

The Metropolitan Opera House | New York, NY

American Ballet Theatre's 2019 Spring Gala on Monday evening, May 20 will pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary year of Alexei Ratmansky as ABT Artist in Residence.

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert
June 01, 2019

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater | Rockville, MD

The Washington Balalaika Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary with three world-class domra virtuosi, a master of the balalaika, a brilliant and talented conductor and an orchestra of sixty musicians.

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert
June 02, 2019

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert

Wakefield High School | Arlington, VA

The Washington Balalaika Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary with three world-class domra virtuosi, a master of the balalaika, a brilliant and talented conductor and an orchestra of sixty musicians.

Surreal Promenade
February 09, 2019 to June 09, 2019

Surreal Promenade

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

A dog with a human hand for a body, a chameleon with a human profile, and a pensive bear drinking a friendly cup with a soldier: these are some examples of the creatures that inhabit the universe of Sergei Isupov, the Russian born, Massachusetts based sculptor and painter.

Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane
February 22, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

The Sacred in the Profane offers a survey of Simun’s unique capacity to find forms that appear in ancient art and Christian iconography in molded plastic and other consumer objects since his arrival to the United States from Russia in the early 1980s.

Jacques' Menagerie: Hnizdovsky Prints from the Christina and George Gamota Collection
March 16, 2019 to July 07, 2019

Jacques' Menagerie: Hnizdovsky Prints from the Christina and George Gamota Collection

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Jacques Hnizdovsky's art expressed his capacity for joy, humor, and hope, most often in of animals from the Bronx Zoo, and has been widely recognized and beloved for over half a century. This exhibition presents a single collection of Hnizdovsky prints (woodcuts, linocuts, and etchings), as well as one of his paintings, which are rarely seen.

The Body in Soviet Art
February 23, 2019 to September 01, 2019

The Body in Soviet Art

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Body in Soviet Art examines the depictions of the human form in Soviet art, featuring more than fifty works created in the 1950s-1970s.  Representations of the human body have varied over time and across cultures.  Soviet art placed a unique emphasis on the working body as part of a Soviet collective.

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge
March 30, 2019 to October 13, 2019

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers | New Brunswick, NJ

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge is the artist’s first museum retrospective in the United States. Nakhova stands apart both from the first generation of Moscow conceptualists and from her younger peers. Unlike many of her colleagues, in whose works the narrative or textual component plays a prominent role, Nakhova draws on the visual and cultural dimensions of her dialogue with art history for the conceptual content of her work.

About Us

Russian Life is a 29-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

Latest Posts


Our Contacts

Russian Life
PO Box 567
Montpelier VT 05601-0567

800-639-4301
802-223-4955