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

July 28, 2017
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.

By Nadya Grebennikova
Tags: children of 1917
May 28, 2017
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.

By Yulia Bogatko
Tags: history, corruption, business, bribes
May 21, 2017
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. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Bolshevik, Satire, Literature, Teffi, Russia
March 30, 2017
#Russiagate, Demos & Alaska
#Russiagate, Demos & Alaska

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

By The Editors
Tags: russia, twitter, navalny, politics, kamchatka, alaska
March 27, 2017
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?

By Paul E. Richardson & Olga Kuzmina
Tags: translation
March 8, 2017
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.

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
February 15, 2017
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.

By Research Department
Tags: spies, KGB
January 31, 2017
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. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
December 19, 2016
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev

Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Brezhnev, Soviet Union, USSR, Stagnation
October 12, 2016
Fall, Tolstoy, Mushrooms
Fall, Tolstoy, Mushrooms

In honor of fall, and Russians' favorite autumnal pastime – mushroom picking – we offer these two short stories by Lev Tolstoy – in both English and Russian!

By Lev Tolstoy
Tags: Tolstoy, fall, mushrooms
September 7, 2016
No Calendar, No Life
No Calendar, No Life

Why are calendars so great? Give me a few minutes, and I will blow your mind.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: calendar, time, history
August 22, 2016
Magical Kefir
Magical Kefir

Kefir is the most popular fermented milk in Russia. But it did not get there overnight. Kefir and Russia have a long history...

By Philip Seifi
Tags: food, health, Caucasus
July 8, 2016
Fevronia's Day
Fevronia's Day

On July 8, Russia celebrates the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, a holiday aimed at promoting traditional family values, more commonly known as Fevronia's Day. What's it all about?

By Elizaveta Shkurina
Tags: Fevronia, Orthodox Church, holidays
May 16, 2016
The Most Beautiful Village in Russia
The Most Beautiful Village in Russia

Last week tiny Kinerma was named as this year's "most beautiful Russian village." As it turns out, Kinerma was a stop on The Spine of Russia project...

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: Karelia, village, history
April 1, 2016
Crimea Crisis Solved?
Crimea Crisis Solved?

In a surprising move that has shocked international pundits, Secretary of State John Kerry today announced he has arranged the de-annexation of Crimea by Russia. 

By April F. Yulez
Tags: crimea, kerry, international relations
March 31, 2016
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases

In The Weekly Russia File for March 31: some terrible chess puns, and how to stop traffic.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
March 24, 2016
Architecture and unexquisite corpses
Architecture and unexquisite corpses

A church’s domes caving into the altar. A transgender couple finagles a wedding. A hospital patient shares a room with a corpse. Just another TWERF.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: architecture, murmansk, marriage
March 19, 2016
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!
Happy Birthday, Gogol and Olesha!

Two writers, two different centuries, one number in common. Actually, Yuri Olesha and Nikolai Gogol have more in common than you think!

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: gogol, olesha, russian literature
March 14, 2016
Great Lent
Great Lent

The Great Lent is forty days when the Church is involved in repentance, fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

By Linda DeLaine
Tags: orthodox, lent, fast pasch, religion, easter, paskha
March 7, 2016
Let the Maslenitsa Begin!
Let the Maslenitsa Begin!

Russia's Maslenitsa week has begun! So what's it all about?

By Linda DeLaine
Tags: maslenitsa, blini, lent pascha, Orthodox