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18 January 2018


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January 17

By Bob Blaisdell

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

January 11

By The Editors

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.

December 31

By Alice E.M. Underwood

For our final TWERF of 2017, we look back and re-share some of our favorite stories from 2017. They may not be the most note-worthy or news-worthy stories, but we felt they were the most fun.


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Featured Events

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

November 1

This season, Moscow Festival Ballet presents the classic fairy tale set to music by legendary composer Sergei Prokofiev. 


With a hint of détente, the flute-piano duo of Maxim Rubtsov and Sergei Kvitko open their Carnegie Hall program with compositions by American composers John Corigliano and Michael Tilson-Tho...


On Stage At Kingsborough will welcome internationally renowned Russian jazz star and saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman to the stage, along with his quintet and special guest, award-winning piano and v...


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


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February 6

By Paul E. Richardson

Whether you are a budding translator of Russian-English texts, are reading Russian literature in the original, or just want to improve your Russian, there are countless resources waiting for you on...

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

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...


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