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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

June 21

By Irina Bukharin

Russia wins its first two World Cup games and Jeff Monson is running for CIty Council in Krasnogorsk. Does life get better than this?

June 14

By Irina Bukharin

Is it football or soccer? Either way, TWERF prepares for the start of the World Cup by examining Russia’s chances (not great), while still paying attention to a few other stories before the m...

June 7

By Irina Bukharin

This week gives everybody a new lease on life, whether in the form of a photo touch up, another platform for Putin, or an actual new life for a “dead” journalist.


May 31

By Irina Bukharin

In a galaxy far, far away, the Millennium Falcon circled over a vicious battle with art and a dangerous passageway. That far-off galaxy being Russia, of course.

May 30

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

What do you have to do as Russian tsar to be remembered as "Great"? You can start by reforming the government, social structure, customs, language, and, well, everything else.

May 28

By Anton Dolin

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on the 15th day of a hunger strike in a northern-Siberian prison. Anton Dolin explains how Sentsov's case is a sad miscarriage of justice, and what one ...


May 10

By Irina Bukharin

This week Russians hit the streets, waterways, and air for all sorts of occasions.

May 9

By Sasha Sokolova

Artist Sasha Sokolova has undertaken a personal, artistic and cultural project to document the daily life of Russia’s remaining war veterans.

April 26

By Irina Bukharin

Featuring “poisonous” cooking oil, the finest pothole you’ve ever seen, and paper planes of protest.


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.