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April 27, 2017
Floods of water, juice, and trendy ostrich photos
Floods of water, juice, and trendy ostrich photos

A juice flood. A mud flood. A human rights drought. And for good measure, portraits with wild animals and haircuts with an axe. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: ostrich, human rights, pepsi, flood, russia
April 20, 2017
Counterfeit TP and Commuting By Ball
Counterfeit TP and Commuting By Ball

Some folks form an Arctic military base or withdraw from mayoral elections. Others counterfeit toilet paper and roll through traffic in a giant ball. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, arctic, military, omsk, counterfeit, zorb
April 13, 2017
Cosmonautics Day and Fruit in Disguise
Cosmonautics Day and Fruit in Disguise

Investigations: the state of Russian cosmonautics, what happens to prohibited fruit, and when mourners aren't really mourning. Plus, sneaking pickles into space. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, space, sanctions, kremlin, cosmonaut
April 6, 2017
The bad, the sad, and the ice laser
The bad, the sad, and the ice laser

It's been a rough week in Russia, with the metro bombing in St. Petersburg, the disappearance of gay men, and the death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Luckily, lasers are kinda neat. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, petersburg, metro, chechnya, yevtushenko, arctic
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 23, 2017
Grab a Guinness for Orthodoxy
Grab a Guinness for Orthodoxy

Does Russian St. Patrick's Day have leprechauns? After you ponder that, there's a reindeer herder fighting big oil, humans-turned-Twitter bots, and a mysterious murder.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, khanty, kechimov, twitter, yevdokimov, st. patrick's day, aeroflot
March 16, 2017
Medical tourism, space tourism, imaginary tourism
Medical tourism, space tourism, imaginary tourism

A Moon landing is on the horizon. Eurovision, with its typical set of scandals, is on an even closer horizon. And on your way, why not stop by Red Square for some dental work?

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, cosmonaut, eurovision, tourism
March 9, 2017
Say no to discrimination, ducks, and hugs
Say no to discrimination, ducks, and hugs

International Women's Day was celebrated by marches, flowers, and flash mobs. In other news, Russia and China are BFFs, and Prime Minister Medvedev likes ducks. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, international women's day, china, medvedev
March 2, 2017
Cats, droids, and acrobatic rock & roll
Cats, droids, and acrobatic rock & roll

A friendly robot graces the metro and a politically charged (and financed) dance studio gets footloose thanks to the youngest Putin. Also, happy World Cat Day!

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, moscow, metro, putin, tikhonova, dance, cats, robot
February 23, 2017
100 Years Ago, In a Monarchy Far, Far Away
100 Years Ago, In a Monarchy Far, Far Away...

Exactly 100 years ago, on February 23, 1917, the Russian Revolution began. And once you've learned about that, there's space, WWII reenactments, and a portal back to medieval times. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, february revolution, 1917, bolsheviks, space, WWII, medieval