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Covering everything from holidays and health to food, drink, humor and sports.

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
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
Old Fears
Old Fears

It was with mixed feelings of bitter guilt and disgust, overcome with shameful and cowardly thoughts, that I joined the Children of 1917 project.

Tags: children of 1917
How to Properly Accept Bribes
How to Properly Accept Bribes

This is a short extract from a satirical book published in 1837, from which we learn: what sorts of bribes there are; why it is better to take a bribe during lunch; why gaudy is better than a bullfinch; the language in which one should speak of bribes; and how to avoid punishment for receiving bribes.

Tags: history, corruption, business, bribes
Teffi: The Best Russian Writer You May Not Have Heard Of
Teffi: The Best Russian Writer You May Not Have Heard Of

Known as a female Chekhov and skilled at painting the human condition as hilarious and hideous in one stroke, Teffi is a little-known author you should get to know. 

Tags: Bolshevik, Satire, Literature, Teffi, Russia
#Russiagate, Demos & Alaska
#Russiagate, Demos & Alaska

Continuing scandal, new demonstrations, a sesquicentenial and a linguistic smackdown. Just another week here at TWERF.

Tags: russia, twitter, navalny, politics, kamchatka, alaska
March {Translation} Madness
March {Translation} Madness

A random query led us down a rabbit hole to see how online translation engines are humming these days. Won't you join us?

Tags: translation
Spies Like Them
Spies Like Them

As the FBI investigation deepens into Trump-Kremlin ties, we thought it would be useful – a public service, really – to provide some handy tips on spotting Russian spies.

Tags: spies, KGB
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia

In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation. 

Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff