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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

April 19

By Irina Bukharin

Learn about the animal spies among us, get tips on how to survive nuclear war, and watch a world record get broken.

April 12

By Irina Bukharin

Stories about chocolate and fish: not an appetizing pairing, but a good selection for this week’s TWERF.

April 5

By Irina Bukharin

In honor of April Fool’s Day, we present you with jokes, mishaps, and fun times all around.


March 29

By Irina Bukharin

Grudinin shaves the ‘stache, the other election results are in, and New Zealand struggles to offend Russia.

March 25

We mapped all the US cities paired with a Russian city, and to our surprise, the map looks like Putin's profile.

March 22

By Irina Bukharin

TWERF takes on the political this week, bringing you news of the election and the weird things that accompanied it.


March 20

By Robert Blaisdell

Here's a suggestion for improving your Russian: watch Russian TV. But which TV? Here's a suggestion...

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.