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21 March 2018

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March 20

By Robert Blaisdell

Here's a suggestion for improving your Russian: watch Russian TV. But which TV? Here's a suggestion...

March 18

By Paul E. Richardson

Putin has again been elected president. This post was originally written/aired in November 2007. Apparently, it still seems relevant.

March 15

By Irina Bukharin

World Cup picks, elections, and fraudulent activity all point to the same lesson this week: make your choices wisely.

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The 22 heroes in this volume were all born in 1917 – Russia’s year of revolution. They lived through Civil War, Collectivization, World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of the USSR. Indeed, their lives are a living reflection of the past Russian century, and their stories show us a side of history not available in any other resource.

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Featured Events

A few events outside Russia that are of interest to Russophiles. See the full list.

April 21

This gripping documentary draws a straight line from the Great Terror unleashed by Joseph Stalin from 1929 until his death in 1953 to the current desire to cover over and forget this monumental abu...

June 3

The Washington Balalaika Society orchestra performs the music of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe on traditional instruments and in costume. Its June 3 concert will feature WBS Balalaika Con...


This exhibition examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technolog...


The documentary film for our Children of 1917 project has been released! Watch the trailer and pre-order streaming access now.

Featured Stories

A few of our most popular items. See all stories.

April 6

By Emily Kelso

In 1891, Russian Tsar Alexander III signed a document initiating the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. And not only is it the longest railway in the world; it's got so...

December 2

By Alice E.M. Underwood

What can we learn about Russia, now and throughout history, from its poetry? This month we try to find out, with help from  Read More

November 19

By Letitia Rydjeski

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

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