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March 22

By Irina Bukharin

TWERF takes on the political this week, bringing you news of the election and the weird things that accompanied it.

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.

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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 29

Rabbit Goody, PhD, will discuss how Ukrainian rushnyky relate to a larger historic precedent of using specific textiles for traditional ceremonial and cultural purposes. She will demonstra...

April 14

Docent Jim Flynn offers a closer look at the Museum's collection of icons of the Virgin Mary, and their presentation and significance in Russian culture and religion, from the coming of Christianit...

April 15

Using recently completed icons inspired by ancient prototypes, Iconographer Maureen McCormick will explore the constraints of tradition, the limits of self-expression, and the role of free wil...


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.

November 18

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Don't be fooled: the old man with a white beard and red coat is not Santa Claus. It's Grandfather Frost! Learn how to tell the two apart with this handy list.

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...

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

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