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Culture

Covering the broader realm of culture, plus humor, food and drink.

Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg
Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg

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

Tags: soccer, cat, World Cup
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins

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 madness begins.

Tags: cat, World Cup, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something

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.

Tags: austria, afghanistan, st. petersburg, putin, navalny
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo

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.

Tags: Ivan the Terrible, Ivan the terrible, Star Wars, st. petersburg, art
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper

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

Tags: nuclear, arctic, moscow
A Proliferation of Playful (and Political) Pranks
A Proliferation of Playful (and Political) Pranks

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

Tags: novosibirsk
Hot and Cold: Spies, Armageddon, and Skiing Half-Naked
Hot and Cold: Spies, Armageddon, and Skiing Half-Naked

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

Tags: moscow, siberia
April Fool's Day, Russia Style!
April Fool's Day, Russia Style!

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

Tags: dostoyevsky
New Zealand, Nuke Names, and New 'dos
New Zealand, Nuke Names, and New 'dos

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

Tags: Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo
Tsar Vladimir II
Tsar Vladimir II

Putin has again been elected president. This post was originally written/aired in November 2007. Apparently, it still seems relevant.

Tags: putin, election
Births, Rebirths, and Nuclear Weapons
Births, Rebirths, and Nuclear Weapons

Nukes get names, a truck becomes a camera, and an old church gets a fresh look.

Tags: soccer, putin, moscow
Viral Videos of All Stripes and Sizes
Viral Videos of All Stripes and Sizes

Adults want kids to vote, kids want Leonardo DiCaprio to soak himself, and Leo wants fewer video games on TV.

Tags: election, oymyakon, leonardo dicaprio, st. petersburg, baikal
International Women's Day: A Look Back
International Women's Day: A Look Back

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
A Holiday for Every Occasion
A Holiday for Every Occasion

Traditional celebrations like Maslenitsa are accompanied by new ones, like Chinese New Year. The party never stops!

Tags: st. petersburg, holidays, maslenitsa
Fights, Oversight, and Voting Rights
Fights, Oversight, and Voting Rights

Russians practice their rights: heated debate, voting in North Korea, and not getting any more survey calls. 

Tags: North Korea, pike, bear, Alfa-Bank, Russia
Scents and Scents-Ability
Scents and Scents-Ability

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

Tags: mystery, television
A little vodka, a little puppies, a little Despacito
A little vodka, a little puppies, a little Despacito

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.

Tags: alphabet, puppies, music, vodka
The Best of 2017
The Best of 2017

For our final TWERF of 2017, we look back and re-share some of our favorite stories from 2017. They may not be the most note-worthy or news-worthy stories, but we felt they were the most fun.

Tags: humor, siberia
Why We Love to Hate Russians
Why We Love to Hate Russians

Why are Russians are such enduring villains, and what was the real intent of the election meddling campaign?

Tags: hollywood, stereotypes
Photography, Kachka & Spies
Photography, Kachka & Spies

Photography, food and spies comprise this week's Three Best Reads. We travel to Vilnius, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, to consider wagging tongues, boiled tongues, and an overlooked photographer.

Tags: khrushchev, espionage, photography, russian cuisine