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15 November 2018

  The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.

Let's Do This!

by Paul E. Richardson

As this issue was going to press, the 2018 World Cup, was kicking off (pun intended) and Russia won its first match. 

While we have covered the event a few times over recent months (in particular the financing and construction woes), you won’t see much coverage of it in this issue, which coincides with the Cup (June-July 2018). 

This has to do largely with editorial deadlines.

Due to printing and mailing timelines, this issue went to the printers on the day after the Cup started (June 15) and will be in most homes by the end of the first week in July, when the Cup is closing on the final rounds. 

As a bimonthly, we really have no place or ability to cover current, shorter-term events. They just get ahead or behind us. It’s simply a limitation of our medium, you could say.

Well, we are looking to change that.

After much planning and scheming, this month (July) we are unleashing a new Kickstarter project. Its goal is nothing short of creating the most valued, authoritative online resource on Russia in English. Period.

In addition to making available the entire 28 years of content that has been published in Russian Life, we are going to create and publish loads of new content on everything from history to society, travel to language, fiction to current events. 

If, that is, the Kickstarter campaign is successful. You may recall this is an all or nothing thing: either we raise the targeted financial goal or we get nothing.

But let me underline this: the goal of this project is NOT to create an online version of Russian Life that replaces the print magazine, but one that supplements and enhances it. Russian Lifeas a print magazine is going nowhere. Our enlarged online presence will allow subscribers to read Russian Lifearticles on any device, to access valuable data, to read news, delve into history, and polish up their Russian language skills. 

Photo features. Audio lessons. Video. All of that, and more.

Essentially, it is our dream to bring the sort of quality journalism you have come to expect from Russian Life to a new, expanded, and enhanced online presence. To make the most of the digital, online medium.

But of course this sort of thing costs money. And thus the Kickstarter project.

If this is a venture you feel is worth supporting, please hop over to read more about it at

If we are successful, come August, when we put our next issue to press, we will be able to share with you some of our exciting plans for Russian Life Online. 

Let's Do This!
From the Editor
By Paul E. Richardson

After much planning and scheming, twe are unleashing a new Kickstarter project. Its goal is nothing short of creating the most valued, authoritative online resource on Russia in English. Period.

War on Art
By The Editors

In what is only the latest twist in an ongoing cultural debate about the role of Ivan the Terrible in Russian history, a man visiting Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery vandalized the well-known painting by Ilya Repin, Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan.

By The Editors

The Kremlin battles Telegram, the UK battles an oligarch and students battle the World Cup  just a few of the items in our news roundup.

Sour Cherry Vareniki
By Marina Pustilnik

Long before seasonal eating (or kombucha, or kimchi, etc.) became popular in the US, it was the norm in Russia. 

Those Lyin' Eyes
Survival Russian
By Michele Berdy

If you need help determining how bad a lie is, here’s a short primer in The Art of Not Telling the Truth.

Musical Chairs and Clones
By The Editors

Some notes on Russia's not so new cabinet and a new breakthrough in cloning of governors.

Awful Augusts
By Tamara Eidelman

All around the world, August is a time for vacations, travel, and resorts, a time of school breaks, picnics, and swimming. But somehow, in Russia, August has seen more than its fair share of mayhem and disaster over the past hundred years. 

Walking the Volga
By Dmitry Nizhegorodsky

An office worker gives up his job to walk all 3,645 kilometers of Europe’s longest river. This is his story.

By The Editors

Notable quotes from around the Russiasphere.

House on the Embankment
By Nadya Grebennikova

If these walls could talk. The history and horror of one of the most epic construction projects of the Soviet era.