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15 November 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

November 14

By Olga Ezova-Denisova

Olga Ezova-Denisova explains in words and pictures the complex process behind making her special bear linocut prints for our New Russian Life project.

November 9

By Tamara Eidelman

Everyone in Russia knows the great writer Ivan Turgenev, whose 200th birthday is today, and they make his acquaintance in three stages. 

November 9

By Ivan Turgenev

An excerpt from First Love, which Turgenev called his most autobiographical novel, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy’s infatuation with an older girl.


November 8

By Irina Bukharin

Ever wonder what we don’t publish? Well, here it is. The scraps on our cutting room floor, and last week’s fourth-best story – all collected in one wonderfully semi-interesting pl...

November 1

By Irina Bukharin

If you’re here for Halloween spooks, we can’t help you: all we’ve got this week are feel-good stories!

October 28

By Paul E. Richardson

Laura Williams, a long-time contributor to Russian Life (author of the wonderful book, Notes from a Russian Village), passed away suddenly on October 28, 2018.


October 27

By Laura Williams

A dog is a basic necessity in the village, and the bigger the dog, the better. Chado is decidedly not big.

October 25

By Irina Bukharin

Russian law enforcement had a busy week, from taking on the ~high~ seas to putting rich jerks in their place.

October 18

By Irina Bukharin

Falling objects, family feuds, and friendly felines dominated our attention this week.


October 11

By Irina Bukharin

What’s more surprising, fake feminists or fish with bad teeth?

October 4

By Irina Bukharin

To selfie or not to selfie? That is the question, or at least one of the questions, addressed this week.

September 20

By Irina Bukharin

The weather in Russia this week was chilly with a hint of thaw, at least regarding science and political relations.