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Famous People Who Studied Russian
Famous People Who Studied Russian

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
Famous Americans with Russian Roots

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110

Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way. 

Tags: russia, shostakovich, music, composer, soviet union, ussr, stalin, classical
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery

July 25 is the 155th birthday of Apollinary Vasnetsov, who is both a renowned painter of medieval Russia and a fixture in the night sky.

Tags: vasnetsov, painter, painting, art, artist, russia, history
Altai
Altai

Ekaterina Novikova shares her region, the Altai, with us through words and images.

Tags: Altai, Siberia, travel, Katun River
Sochi
Sochi

This week we travel to Russia's warmer climes. Lesya Polyakova gives us a quick tour of Sochi.

Tags: sochi, black sea
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection
Kursk Region
Kursk Region

Anastasiya Tsayder takes us inside village living rooms and kitchens, showing a rarely scene slice of Russian rural life.

Tver
Tver

Olga Titova takes us to Tver, a main city located between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a land of candles and goats, bridges and rivers.

Tags: goats, mongols, Catherine the Great
Questions of Life and Death
Questions of Life and Death

On Victory Day, Russian photographers Mikhail Mordasov and Ignat Kozlov captured images of World War II veterans and young Russians who are the same age as the veterans were when they went off to fight in the war. They asked each of their subjects two questions: "What should one live for?" and "What should one be willing to die for?"

Tags: world war ii, photography, veterans
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod

Mikhail Solunin, 28, takes us on a tour of Nizhny Novgorod, at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers.

Tags: Nizhny Novgorod, cities, photography, everyday
Piter's Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)
Piter's Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)

After you finish strolling St. Petersburg's Nevsky Prospect, you'll want to visit these five must-stroll streets in the Northern Palmyra, to get a feel for the rest of the city. 

Tags: St. Petersburg, travel, tourism
A Photo Guide to Russia's Lesser-Known WWII Sites
A Photo Guide to Russia's Lesser-Known WWII Sites

2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Revisit the history on this tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow's war sites – the ones you may not find in the guidebook.

Tags: WWII, war, moscow, st. petersburg, memorial
8 Perfect Pitstops Along the Trans-Siberian Railway
8 Perfect Pitstops Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

In 1891, Russian Tsar Alexander III signed a document initiating the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. And not only is it the longest railway in the world; it's got some interesting stops along the line, too.

Tags: trans-siberian railway, siberia, tour, travel, moscow, kazan, lake baikal, irkutsk, ulan ude, mongolia, mircorp
A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)
A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)

What does it look like when a whole town empties out and there’s nothing but a few decaying buildings to prove anyone lived there at all?

Tags: russian architecture, ghost towns, monogoroda, churches, ussr, economy, abkhazia, tvarkcheli, solikamsk, monotowns, photography
Moscow
Moscow

Ekaterina Klyueva takes us to the capital, the center of empire, a city everyone knows but no one every sees in full: Moscow!

Tags: Moscow, architecture, urban
5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know
5 St. Petersburg Bands You Should Know

St. Petersburg (or Leningrad) has always occupied a special place in the world of Russian music. Famous for its rich classical traditions, especially at the Mariinsky Theater, in the second part of the twentieth century St. Petersburg became the epicenter of underground and experimental music.

Tags: music, rock music, st. petersburg, glasnost
Chuvashia
Chuvashia

Ivan Mikhailov takes us deep into the heart of Chuvashia and its capital city of Cheboksary.

Socialist Realism and Potatoes: The Dmitry Furmanov Story
Socialist Realism and Potatoes: The Dmitry Furmanov Story

Writer and commissar Dmitry Furmanov died 90 years ago. If you don’t recognize his name, it may be because he’s better known for his character Vasily Ivanovich Chapayev, a Red Army commander who achieved victory via potatoes. 

Tags: 1934, russia, civil war, russian civil war, film, movies, stalin, chapaev, furmanov, 1923, potatoes, history, military
Leningrad Region
Leningrad Region

Alexander Solo is documenting "monotowns" in Russia. He shows us a couple in Leningrad Region, where he lives.

Tags: factories, urban, Leningrad Region