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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. 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

July 21

By Nadya Grebennikova

In which we accompany one of our heroines for her annual check up at the hospital.

July 20

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Getting flak for getting hitched, how fidget spinners foster political dissidence, and a new set of wheels around Russia. Plus dandy pigeons and the best totalitarian tourism. 

July 14

By Nadya Grebennikova

The Children of 1917 expedition is far from over, yet we have made two important discoveries: we uncovered the secret to long life, and we pinpointed the source of the Volga River.


July 13

By Alice E.M. Underwood

The scandal around the Bolshoi's latest ballet, remembering an Internet icon, and pro-Putin pensioners, with a dash of PhotoShop of daredevilry. 

 

 

July 8

By Nadya Grebennikova

Our producer, Misha, wanted us to row across the Volga River to visit 100-year-old Tatyana Semyonovna. He felt it would be epic and symbolic. We disagreed...

July 6

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Tractors for Putin, toxic waste for Kaliningrad, and Reagan and Gorbachev for their modern-day counterparts. Also sweet wine, state secrets, and salt.


June 29

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Celebrate soccer with metro-station ballet, explore the galaxy with Yandex, and take a stroll through Moscow's rooftop gardens. Plus the Beatles, Stephen Colbert, and 29 Russian writers.

June 28

By Nadya Grebennikova

As told in two letters, two certificates and the autobiography of one centenarian, who turned 100 on June 16 and is the oldest person in her village of 100.

June 28

By Nikolai Pavlenko

On June 28, 1762, Catherine (born Sofia Frederika Augusta), the German wife of a weakened tsar, seized Russian throne. She soon earned the appellation "the Great."


June 22

By Nadezhda Grebennikova

On the eve of our visit, the ambulance came for Maria Nikolayevna Ryabtsova: there was something wrong with her neck. The doctor examined her, but found nothing serious. He did an EKG and was surpr...

June 22

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Russia hosts the Confederations Cup, Strugatsky sci-fi gets a reboot (or just gets booted), and we honor the memories of WWII's female snipers and of the rock legend Viktor Tsoy. 

June 22

By Alice E.M. Underwood

June 22nd marks the 76th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia that changed the course of WWII and, perhaps, history itself.