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Video of the Week

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Short Film: Anya

Short Film: Anya

A touching, short, CGI animated film looks at 20 years in the life of a Russian orphan.
The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

Dancing noses, we have dancing noses, people! This week's video of the week is courtesy of Gogol, Shostakovich, and The Royal Opera.
The Occupant

The Occupant

In our video of the week, something from the realm of scifi: A Russian drone operator encounters a UFO, then must decide what is real and not.

Piter's People

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Piter's People – Natalia Kapiturova

Piter's People – Natalia Kapiturova

We begin a new project, in which readers meet regular St. Petersburgers, to learn about their lives and their favorite places in the Northern Palmyra. First up: coffee!
Piter's People – Nikolay Predtechensky

Piter's People – Nikolay Predtechensky

St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 as a port on the Baltic Sea, and about 10% of its surface area is water. So we meet a boat rental company owner and find out the best place for pizza in the city.
Piter's People - Katya Kotlyar

Piter's People - Katya Kotlyar

Graphic designer, traveler, instagram explorer, Katya Kotlyar knows her home city inside out, and sees it as an artist would, as a beautiful backdrop for living.
Piter's People – Sergey Goorin

Piter's People – Sergey Goorin

St. Petersburg is often thought to be a gray city, as it only has about 75 sunny days each year. Still, photographer Segrey Goorin finds inspiration here for his black and white photography, capturing street life, extraordinary locals and numerous parties.   

Everyday Russia

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Pyatigorsk

Pyatigorsk

Anton Podgayko left Moscow for Pyatigorsk in order to shoot in the Caucusus. He takes us along.
Mariy El

Mariy El

Nikolai Gontar leads us on a trip to the Republic of Mariy El, home to layered pancakes and some very unusual architecture.
Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk

Igor Podgorny is a geology teacher in Petrozavodsk, but he is also an expert wildlife and landscape photographer.
Kandalaksha

Kandalaksha

Teacher Ilona Isayeva shares with us some of the charms of Kandalaksha, a small industrial town on the White Sea.

The Children of 1917

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Countdown to Departure

Countdown to Departure

So, what exactly have we been doing in the two months since the successful closure of our crowdfunding for this project?
Taking Care

Taking Care

Meet two more of our heroes whose long lives have surely been made possible by the care of their family and community.
A Good Butcher

A Good Butcher

In which a retired Polish butcher explains how to live to be 100 and serenades us on his trumpet.
Marfa's Three Lives

Marfa's Three Lives

Krasnoyarsk: knocking down stereotypes about Siberia and meeting a centenarian who will not be stopped.

Russian Patriots

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Vladimir Simonov

Vladimir Simonov

Feldsher (primary care physician). Krasniye Stanki village I don't get it, why a patriot? I'm a typical person, doing his work honesty with respect to his people. Whether this is a patriot or not, I cannot say. 
Valeria Miloslavskaya

Valeria Miloslavskaya

Tea Sommelier, St. Petersburg I am a patriot of my country. Really, this is a very strange question. Can I have a moment? Because I truly love my country, my relatives, and they live here. And therefore I adore my country. I cannot tear myself away from my relatives, my work, my friends.
Vadim Markelov

Vadim Markelov

Businessman, producer of barbells and weight machines, Petrozavodsk I am not ready to give some sort of high-falutin answer. Patriotism – what is it? Love for one’s country, we love it; the government, not so much, because we can distinguish between the two. We love the place we live, and all of those who surround us. This is a fact. But what patriotism is, I don’t know... I just don’t know what patriotism is, truly. That is all.
Valery Nikolaev and Larisa Ilyinikh

Valery Nikolaev and Larisa Ilyinikh

University professor, Oryol (Valery) I am a patriot of my city and my country. Why? Of course there are many shortcomings and many problems in our country, but I probably don’t know a better country than Russia.  Economist, Oryol (Larisa) I too am a patriot of my city and country. Most likely because I was born here and my famly and all of my life is here, and because I like it here. 

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