Sep/Oct 2018 Current Moscow Time: 19:30:41
23 September 2018


  The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.


Culture

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

Boris Grebenshikov, a Founding Father of Soviet Rock
Boris Grebenshikov, a Founding Father of Soviet Rock

When the music you sing is banned, when the entire genre is identified with the enemy, how do you find the courage to keep singing? Just ask Boris Grebenshikov!

Tags: boris grebenshikov, music, russian music, russia, russian, ussr, soviet union, rock music
RuNet Tackles History
RuNet Tackles History

What does the rating of RuNet’s most popular blogs have to do with history textbooks? Join us on an excursion into conspiracy theories, falsified history, and government ideology – RuNet’s standard fare!

Tags: runet, russia, russian, internet, history, education, mongols
It's Nutcracker Season!
It's Nutcracker Season!

It's that time of year again: dancing toys, mice, and candy, waltzing flowers, presents coming to life... But was this time of year always so closely tied to the Nutcracker?

Tags: 1812, russia, russian composer, nutcracker, ballet, russian music, Russians, dance
Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!
Halloween Week: Get your Putin (and Brezhnev and Lenin) Masks here!

We're all about public service. We just want to help you get through Halloween... You decide if the mask is scary or distinguished, awful or awesome.

RuNet: The Silly and the Serious
RuNet: The Silly and the Serious

Scenery, stereotypes, satire, and politics – all in a day's work for RuNet! Join us to learn about Russians arrested for riding bears, all manner of vodka infractions, and a tiny bit of election talk.

Tags: russia, photography, scenery, photographs, satire, internet, runet, Russians, humor, politics, elections, voting, voting
Happy Translation Day
Happy Translation Day

In honor of International Translation Day (September 30), we demonstrate rather graphically the value of having a good, human translator.

Tags: language, translation, Russian
Checking in with Russian Bloggers
Checking in with Russian Bloggers

What has the Russian side of the internet been up to lately? Enjoying nature, getting a new angle on familiar things, and going at everything with a healthy sense of humor.

Tags: russia, internet, humor, language, nature, Instagram, russian architecture, photographs, photography, blog
Patriotism: A USSR Story
Patriotism: A USSR Story

Being patriotic in the Soviet Union was a duty, a challenge, and a potential pitfall, all rolled into one. The story of one Soviet singer, Joseph Kobzon, shows how one cultural idol walked that dangerous line.

Tags: russia, russian music, patriotism, ussr, soviet union, kobzon, politics, music, culture, lenin, brezhnev
Why Did Soviet Houses All Look the Same?
Why Did Soviet Houses All Look the Same?

Ever wonder why Soviet houses looked so drab, colorless, and interchangeable? It all started with Nikita Khrushchev's battle against architectural excess, and continues to plague Russia to this day.

Tags: khrushchev, russia, russian architecture, russian history, moscow, politics
The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics
The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics

In addition to highlighting local issues, Moscow's mayoral race has generated lively discussions of various national topics. Front and center among these is Russia's immigration and migrant worker policy.

Tags: immigration, Moscow, navalny, elections, elections
Useful Resources for Tourists Visiting Russia
Useful Resources for Tourists Visiting Russia

A compendium of 13 useful websites for persons interested in traveling to Russia, covering everything from the latest visa information to cruises, to what not to do when in Russia (etiquette).

Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us

The Americans, on FX, is a brilliant episodic drama that recreates the 1980s with only minimal anachronisms but plenty of tension, plot twists, double-dealing and moral relativism.

Snail's Pace
Snail's Pace

Has your postmaster chased you down the street with a broom lately? Clearly you don't live in Russia... The Russian Post continues to stoke the fury of millions. But Russian videographers are striking back, documenting abuses by RP workers.

Tags: russia, mail, post, bureaucracy
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version
Anna Karenina: The Puppet Version

The movie is almost too silly to discuss, as if Saturday Night Live decided to do a parody, but nobody but the costume-director and scene-making crew were ready. A puppet resembling Keira Knightley plays Anna; although thin, even scrawny, the animators make her look almost human.

Tags: reviews, movies, anna karenina, tolstoy, keira knightley
Omens, Blacklists and Vampires, Oh My!
Omens, Blacklists and Vampires, Oh My!

While the U.S. was being battered by Superstorm Sandy and the Election of Nattering Negativity this week, a steady stream of odd stories out of Russia caught my eye. Worried they might otherwise get overlooked, I decided to corral them here.

Tags: vampires, putin, adoption
Vodka: The Miracle Drug?
Vodka: The Miracle Drug?

Culled from vodkaphiles.com: a listing of 20 things you can do with vodka you may have never considered (and may or may not want to try).

Tags: vodka
Tsoy Lives!
Tsoy Lives!

There is not a single other figure in Russian rock – living or dead – who has attained the same sort of cult status as Victor Tsoy, who would have been 50 on June 21. And while Tsoy’s biography is well-known, it hardly explains how it is that the person and legacy of Victor Tsoy continues to this day to play such an important role in Russian culture - even in Russian mass culture.

Bliny
Bliny

In honor of Maslenitsa, we offer this great story/essay by Chekhov on bliny: "Did you know that bliny have been around for over a thousand years, since what is known as the old Slavonic ab ovo...? They appeared on earth before Russian history began and have lived through it all from the beginning to the last page, without any doubt, invented, like the samovar, by Russian minds...."

Tags: bliny, holidays, maslenitsa, chekhov
Lyubov Orlova
Lyubov Orlova

Lyubov Petrova Orlova was born January 29, 1902 and became the first Soviet movie star and sex symbol. She was also Stalin’s favorite film actress and a highly gifted singer. This is an extended biography of the artist (an abridged version ran in the JanFeb 2012 issue of Russian Life).

Tags: orlova, film, cinema, alexandrov, stalin, volga-volga, jolly fellows
6 Things Russian Babushkas Disapprove Of
6 Things Russian Babushkas Disapprove Of

What comes to mind when you think of a Russian national icon? Vodka, matryoshkas, bears? Fyodor Dostoyevsky? Alla Pugacheva? Cheburashka? Surprisingly few people, including Russians themselves, mention babushkas, the omnipresent grandmothers in head scarves.  Yet their influence is huge. Red Square huge. Katyusha rocket huge. So it pays to know how to please them...

Tags: babushkas, culture, étiquette