May/June 2017 Current Moscow Time: 14:17:56
28 April 2017


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


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. You can also browse the full archive, or use the search bar at right. To get a crisp, weekly email update of all stories we published in the past week, plus a FREE email subscription to our popular The Weekly Russia File, use our easy signup form.

Recent Stories

April 27

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A juice flood. A mud flood. A human rights drought. And for good measure, portraits with wild animals and haircuts with an axe. 

April 20

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Some folks form an Arctic military base or withdraw from mayoral elections. Others counterfeit toilet paper and roll through traffic in a giant ball. 

April 13

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Investigations: the state of Russian cosmonautics, what happens to prohibited fruit, and when mourners aren't really mourning. Plus, sneaking pickles into space. 


April 10

By Evgeny Lukyanov

“It was a lot of fun during the Rivolushun. And I won’t never forget the Russian Rivolushun.” In which we look at the 1917 revolution through the eyes of schoolchil...

April 6

By Alice E.M. Underwood

It's been a rough week in Russia, with the metro bombing in St. Petersburg, the disappearance of gay men, and the death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Luckily, lasers are kinda neat. 

April 2

By Alexei Bayer

When you set out to write a murder mystery in Russian – or even in another language, but set in Russia – you should be mindful that you are following in the footsteps the greatest Russi...


March 30

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

You probably know that Alaska was bought from Russia well over 100 years ago. But do you know why Russia claimed the territory in the first place? Hint: who doesn't love a fur coat?

March 30

By The Editors

Continuing scandal, new demonstrations, a sesquicentenial and a linguistic smackdown. Just another week here at TWERF.

March 27

By Paul E. Richardson & Olga Kuzmina

A random query led us down a rabbit hole to see how online translation engines are humming these days. Won't you join us?


March 23

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Does Russian St. Patrick's Day have leprechauns? After you ponder that, there's a reindeer herder fighting big oil, humans-turned-Twitter bots, and a mysterious murder.

March 16

By Paul E. Richardson

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

March 16

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A Moon landing is on the horizon. Eurovision, with its typical set of scandals, is on an even closer horizon. And on your way, why not stop by Red Square for some dental work?