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17 November 2018

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Sunday, July 01, 2018


by The Editors

“There is no conclusive evidence to point at Russia under the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) evidence… you can’t just pinpoint Russia.”

Malaysian transport minister Anthony Loke,
on the international investigation 
into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine,
which killed all 298 people on board
and has been blamed on Moscow. (Channel News Asia)


Сегодня мы видим, как США стреляют себе в ногу, одновременно нанося вред и глобальной экономике.

“Today we see how the United States is shooting itself in the foot, while at the same time damaging the global economy.”

Russian Economy Minister Maksim Oreshkin, 
on America’s trade policy, in particular new tariffs 
on metal imports. (RIA Novosti)


Я надеюсь, вам понравится. Вот ключик, в этом можно запирать секретные вещи.

“I hope you like it. Here is a key, and you can lock secret things in it.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,
presenting North Korea’s Kim Jong-un 
with a lacquered miniature box made in Palekh. (Interfax)


“After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned… Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking. I don’t want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.”

Yulia Skripal, daughter of former double agent Sergei Skripal, 
on being poisoned in England, an attack blamed on Russia. (Guardian)


Дети одиноки в школе, в семье. И у них остается что? Интернет. А там суицид.

“While we are having this discussion, the child is being left alone with his problems. As a rule, these are well-to-do families. Children are lonely in school and at home. And what is left for them? The internet. And there, there is suicide.

Head of Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin,
proposing stringent measures to restrict internet freedoms,
including a ban on Instagram (which he may have confused with Telegram). (


Это покушение на святыню.

 “We are not talking about a crime against a property that has some value. We are talking about a crime against art, which is priceless. It is a crime against a sacred object… We are not demanding repression, just harsh sanctions for crimes against a work of art.”

Hermitage Museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky,
on the attack by a Russian man on Ilya Repin’s painting, 
Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan. (TASS)

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.