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Getting Out and Shaping Up
July 01, 2020

Getting Out and Shaping Up

By The Editors

“Women most often think about new breasts and buttocks, some receive such operations as a gift from their gentlemen. For men, surgery to correct the shape of the nose and ears is now popular. We took a closer look at ourselves, sitting at home, and apparently decided to improve our aesthetic appearance.”

- Plastic surgeon Dmitry Elenshleger on the popularity plastic surgery in Russia, now that the quarantine is being lifted

Watch Songs for Russia Day
June 17, 2020

Watch Songs for Russia Day

By The Editors

“This is a good deed, one of the great opportunities to pay attention to people who need special support and attention, and, if necessary, help, especially in the current difficult epidemiological situation.”

– Advisor to the Governor of the Rostov region Anton Alekseyev on the online project “Smotri pesni” (“Watch Songs”)

Snakes and Self-Isolation
June 10, 2020

Snakes and Self-Isolation

By The Editors

“It’s not clear how he found himself at school: maybe someone threw him out or he crawled away. As our specialist said, the python is full. Such an animal is able to swallow even a cat. And it’s a great happiness that no one was hurt.”

– Alena Shibanova, a representative from the Good Home Animal Shelter, on a two-meter python found near a school in Kineshma

Misplaced Global Anxiety?
June 03, 2020

Misplaced Global Anxiety?

By The Editors

“It’s all bullsh*t… It’s all exaggerated. It’s an acute respiratory disease with minimal mortality.”

-Alexander Myasnikov, appointed in April as Russia’s head of coronavirus information

What Will Russians Want Next on TV?
May 20, 2020

What Will Russians Want Next on TV?

By The Editors

“I think that, first of all, viewers will want to watch something easy. Comedy, melodramas about love, and, of course, blockbusters, but they won’t start to be released right away, because the pandemic should not only end for us, but all over the world.”

– Kirill Razlogov, president of the Guild of Film Critics and Film Critics of the Russian Federation

Victory Day in Isolation
May 13, 2020

Victory Day in Isolation

By The Editors

This project is free, there is no monetization in it… I don’t know what will be ahead, but it doesn’t interest me now. ‘Stoyanov in isolation’ is a way of emotional and professional survival."

– Russian actor Yuri Stoyanov, on his new YouTube show “Stoyanov in Isolation"

TikTok but from Home
May 06, 2020

TikTok but from Home

By The Editors

“I don’t know what to do here. What am I supposed to do, sing, dance? I don’t understand what people do on TikTok. ”

– Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in his first post to TikTok, where he gained 130,000 followers in less than a week
The Throat-Singing American
April 29, 2020

The Throat-Singing American

By The Editors

“People here usually say to me: you are different than we thought and from the way American people are shown on TV. And I am happy.” 

– Sean Quirk, an American who has been living in Tuva, Siberia for almost 20 years, and knowns the Tuvan language better than Russian

Why So Mean?
April 15, 2020

Why So Mean?

By The Editors

“You know, it got to the point that they give such nasty information on [channel] Rossiya 1. Ah, the old man treats his people there with a tractor, vodka, a bath...  But why are you making fools of us in Russia? Why should a Russian person get it into their head that there, in the West, our Belarusans, they’re some kind of crazy?"

- President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on bias in Russian media against Belarusans

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