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19 March 2018

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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.

March 11

By Paul E. Richardson

On this day, 28 years ago, two naive young Americans sat down and agreed to found a publishing company together. This publishing company.

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Featured Events

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

Considered one of the great Romantic ballets of all time, Swan Lake is a tragic good versus evil fairy-tale that is set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Wende has three exhibits running through the end of April 2018: The Russians, Cold War Spaces, and Vessel of Change.

March 13

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...


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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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.

January 10

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 misr...

July 1

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

How many characters are in Tolstoy's War and Peace? Could it have been any shorter? Did Tolstoy himself love it or hate it? Find out the answers to these – and more! – que...

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