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Protest Poems and Start of School
July 29, 2020

Protest Poems and Start of School

By The Editors

“Are all these really mercenaries? // In Moscow, their voices are heard already! // The column went more and more powerfully. // They do not ask or pray, // They want the will to reach // All the ears of the people. // And there is no task to borrow, // No, it’s not their roof that is sliding. // ‘We are not stupid, we are not stupid!’ // Ah, those who don't want to hear them.”

– Sergei Shnurov, leader of the band Leningrad, and a politician and producer, who used a poem on Instagram to announce his arrival in Khabarovsk to check out the protests occuring there in response to the arrest of governor Sergei Furgal

On the Benefits of Coffee
July 22, 2020

On the Benefits of Coffee

By The Editors

“Coffee is good. I don’t know where we got coffee from – it’s like a sin, like drinking champagne in the morning... Coffee is good, remember that. You can love it or not love it, but you cannot blame it and say that it is harmful. ”

– Dr. Alexander Myasnikov, dispelling misconceptions on the dangers of coffee

Boars and Bad Weather
July 08, 2020

Boars and Bad Weather

By The Editors

“If you meet a boar, don’t approach it and don’t look it in the eye … if you meet a whole herd, stay away from the piglets.”

- Advice in a note from the Moscow mayor's official website on the appearance of wild boars in some Moscow parks

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"

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