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December 14

Superputin, Sly Wolves, & Censorship Stalkers

By Alice E.M. Underwood

An art exhibit proves once and for all that Putin is a superhero. Plus, World Cup counterfeits, how Russian media monitoring works, and a leopard cub.


December 9

By Paul E. Richardson

Why are Russians are such enduring villains, and what was the real intent of the election meddling campaign?

December 7

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Putin announces he'll run for president, the Olympic Committee announces Russia can't compete, and some swans announce that they want a new house. 

December 2

By Paul E. Richardson

This week's Recommended Reads for Russophiles includes a dope-master's diary, a revisiting of bus stops, and an intriguing theory about the Putin-Trump nexus.


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Featured Events

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


Helmed by legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko since its inception in 1989, the Moscow Festival Ballet will enliven the stage at Krannert Center in three elegant masterpieces:...

November 1

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


Ratmansky’s critically-acclaimed first NYCB work is a multi-hued ballet that embraces life's most important moments with its vivid and compelling humanity.


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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.


Featured Stories

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

December 10

By Alice E.M. Underwood

There's plenty of talk about how Russia is dark and dismal, its writers pathologically depressed, and the general mood among the populace about as cheery as a Siberian winter. These stereotypes giv...

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...

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...


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