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19 March 2018

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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

March 18

By Paul E. Richardson

Putin has again been elected president. This post was originally written/aired in November 2007. Apparently, it still seems relevant.

March 15

By Irina Bukharin

World Cup picks, elections, and fraudulent activity all point to the same lesson this week: make your choices wisely.

March 11

By Paul E. Richardson

On this day, 28 years ago, two naive young Americans sat down and agreed to found a publishing company together. This publishing company.

March 8

By Irina Bukharin

Nukes get names, a truck becomes a camera, and an old church gets a fresh look.

March 1

By Irina Bukharin

Adults want kids to vote, kids want Leonardo DiCaprio to soak himself, and Leo wants fewer video games on TV.

March 1

By Natalia Beskhlebnaya

Maria Zakharova, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department, sits down to talk with Russian Life about what it means to be a woman in a position of influen...

February 27

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origi...

February 22

By Irina Bukharin

Traditional celebrations like Maslenitsa are accompanied by new ones, like Chinese New Year. The party never stops!

February 15

By Irina Bukharin

A Russian national tragedy is softened by stories of a skating grandmother and small children in the snow.

February 8

By Irina Bukharin

Punxsutawney Phil ordered six more weeks of winter for the States, but the weather is getting much weirder in Russia: record-breaking snow and locusts, to start with. 

February 7

By Paul E. Richardson

Today, we officially put to print the book for our Children of 1917 project: Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution.

February 1

By Irina Bukharin

Russians practice their rights: heated debate, voting in North Korea, and not getting any more survey calls.