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19 August 2018


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Culture

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

The Dog Days of Summer and the Crazy Things They Bring
The Dog Days of Summer and the Crazy Things They Bring

This week gives us a plethora of emotions: shame in Samara, excitement in Tomsk, and a bit of both in Moscow.

Tags: samara, tomsk, moscow
Crime Doesn't Pay
Crime Doesn't Pay

This is the crime-filled Russia you’ve always heard about, including a cat smuggling drugs and railroad theft.

Tags: cat, orthodox church, Kaluga, st. petersburg
A Round of Russian Rescues
A Round of Russian Rescues

Everybody receives a lift, from a stranded hiker, to the planet, to two boys who are actually doing just fine.

Tags: Nizhny Novgorod, lavrov
Russians in the Dark, One Way or Another
Russians in the Dark, One Way or Another

It was a busy week in Russia: another round of pension protests, a pilgrimage for the Romanovs, and oh, the devil is working his magic.

Tags: protest, romanovs, World Cup, siberia, duma
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods

Shed a tear for our last World Cup TWERF, in which we finally learn about the Romanovs and feel the wrath of nature.

Tags: Trump, football, World Cup, soccer, Volgograd, romanovs, romanov, putin
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride

What’s out of this world? Russia’s performance in the World Cup, a Russian cargo ship, and showers in Samara!

Tags: space, soccer, World Cup, samara
That Other Red, White, and Blue
That Other Red, White, and Blue

As Americans celebrate their Independence Day, Russia may have gained a new national holiday as well: the day they beat Spain in the World Cup.

Tags: Volgograd, football, World Cup, soccer
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!

This week Russia lost but isn’t out yet; football fans, amazingly, spread cheer across Russia; and a storm reminds us of the world outside.

Tags: Rostov-on-Don, soccer, World Cup, barnaul, Nizhny Novgorod
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