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Russian Life Online

Each week we publish several online-only stories. To find articles of interest, use the category links above to browse past articles, or simply scan the listing of stories below. Or use the search bar below. For a crisp, weekly email update of all stories we publish each week, plus our popular (and remarkably FREE) The Weekly Russia File, use our easy signup form.

Recent Stories

January 18

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Darkness descends on Moscow, a cry for help ascends to the sky, and a foreign agent stays exactly where it is. Also huskies and ancient teeth.

January 17

By Bob Blaisdell

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

January 11

By The Editors

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.


December 31

By Alice E.M. Underwood

For our final TWERF of 2017, we look back and re-share some of our favorite stories from 2017. They may not be the most note-worthy or news-worthy stories, but we felt they were the most fun.

December 21

By Alice E.M. Underwood

What a Russian holiday looks like, the Romanovs go to The Gambia, and why secret police are extra special around the holidays. All that, and Russia's most popular cats. 

December 14

By Alice E.M. Underwood

An art exhibit proves once and for all that Putin is a superhero. Plus, World Cup counterfeits, how Russian media monitoring works, and a leopard cub.


December 9

By Paul E. Richardson

Why are Russians are such enduring villains, and what was the real intent of the election meddling campaign?

December 7

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Putin announces he'll run for president, the Olympic Committee announces Russia can't compete, and some swans announce that they want a new house. 

December 2

By Paul E. Richardson

This week's Recommended Reads for Russophiles includes a dope-master's diary, a revisiting of bus stops, and an intriguing theory about the Putin-Trump nexus.


November 30

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Father Frost gets iced, a space shuttle gets wet, and cars get driven driverlessly. Plus, famous Russian buildings go on vacation, the Romanovs take TV, and Russian smilies)

November 25

By Paul E. Richardson

Photography, food and spies comprise this week's Three Best Reads. We travel to Vilnius, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, to consider wagging tongues, boiled tongues, and an overlooked photograph...

November 16

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Ice Age lions thaw out, fairytale heroes meet social media, and foreign news needs a new passport. Plus, all about Russian art in less than 30 minutes. 

November 9

By Alice E.M. Underwood

This year marks the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution. Here's what that looks like, plus gas, cats, and seals (state seals, that is).