Special Projects

Posts related to special book projects and other article series of interest.

Video of the Week

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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.
Kate NV is Coming for US

Kate NV is Coming for US

Russian pop experimentalist Kate NV had her video voted the #1 best music video of May by Pitchfork.

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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Altai

Altai

Ekaterina Novikova shares her region, the Altai, with us through words and images.
Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don

Sveta Balashova-Kuzmina gives us a tour of her hometown, Rostov-on-Don, at the apex of five seas.
Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk

Artist Anastasia Bogomolova takes us on a tour of Chelyabinsk, famous for its meteorite, tanks, and a very special forest.
Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk

Photographer Anton Karliner explains why trains, a metro bridge, and World War II have a place in Novosibirsk history.

The Children of 1917

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Scenes from the Road

Scenes from the Road

Photographic proof that all we have done on this trip is work, work, work... and nap.
The Full 100

The Full 100

On the eve of our visit, the ambulance came for Maria Nikolayevna Ryabtsova: there was something wrong with her neck. The doctor examined her, but found nothing serious. He did an EKG and was surprised: “if only everyone had a heart like yours,” he said.
The Orphan

The Orphan

Given the historical and personal realities she faced, Maria Konyayeva was very unlikely to live to 100 when she was born in 1917. And yet here she is.

Russian Patriots

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Leonid Baluyev

Leonid Baluyev

Blacksmith, Novaya Ladoga I am not a patriot. I am a Jehovah’s Witness. I serve God.
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. 
Andrei Pletnev

Andrei Pletnev

Professional yachtsman, boat owner, Novorossiysk Naturally, I can call myself a patriot. A patriot of my country, a patriot of the sport of sailing. And I make every effort so that everything I love lives, grows and prospers.
Valentin Svatovoy

Valentin Svatovoy

Owner of Valentine’s bakery, Petrozavodsk Unequivocally. There’s no need to shy from this. I am a patriot of the land where I live, because I am proud of what was done before me, and I need to do things that those who come after me will be proud of.

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