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

October 12, 2017
Putin in Birthdayland and Alice in Wonderland
Putin in Birthdayland and Alice in Wonderland

For Putin's birthday, a fake burger, a real burger, and a puppy. Plus, St. Petersburg rooftops, frogmen, and how to bathe in crude oil.  

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Petersburg, burger, Yandex, Putin, Russia
October 5, 2017
Spying for Russia and Flying for Russia
Spying for Russia and Flying for Russia

The glorious deeds of a famous spy, the smaller deeds of everyday spies, and a whole new horizon for female fighter pilots.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: pilot, Philby, spy, Russia
September 28, 2017
The Biggest Cheesecake, The Artsiest Robot, and The Spaciest Station
The Biggest Cheesecake, The Artsiest Robot, and The Spaciest Station

A record-breaking cake, a robot breaking (conceptions of) art, and a space station breaking international boundaries. Plus, flying cars and how to live on Mars.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Mars, Roscosmos, space, robot, cake, Stavropol, Russia
September 21, 2017
Guns, Gents, and Stalin
Guns, Gents, and Stalin

Heroes who caused deaths, heroes who saved lives, questionable movie heroes, and the heroes who make art and cheese. Which is your favorite?

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: cheese, Petrov, Kalashnikov, Moscow, Russia
September 14, 2017
Evil Clowns, Ballerinas, and Other Movie Monsters
Evil Clowns, Ballerinas, and Other Movie Monsters

Clown horror is horrid for clowns, a ballet scandal on the silver screen, and a pack of protesting porkers. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: film, ballet, clowns, Russia
September 7, 2017
Fake Countries, Sausages, and Mystery Highways
Fake Countries, Sausages, and Mystery Highways

How to be patriotic to a nonexistent country, get a proper education, and deal with a highway through your house. Plus buildings, bridges, and bratwursts to die for. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: sausage, Zaryadye, Zapad, Veishnoria, Russia
August 31, 2017
Burger Bucks, Dyeing of Shame, and Flying Ballerinas
Burger Bucks, Dyeing of Shame, and Flying Ballerinas

Burger King makes money (its own), broke taxi passengers turn green, and summertime snow. Plus, a ballerina with a backup plan, Borodino, and the Museum of Death. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: borodino, snow, cryptocurrency, burger king, russia
August 24, 2017
Rap battles, Moscow's move, and mixing dating and politics
Rap battles, Moscow's move, and mixing dating and politics

Elections are the new dinner and a movie. Plus, Moscow's heading east, rap battles get a bad rap, and pickles and melons galore. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: rap, Moscow, elections, Mamba, Russia
August 18, 2017
Zombies, a Swampy Lake, and a New Shirtless Challenge
Zombies, a Swampy Lake, and a New Shirtless Challenge

A not-quite lake makes a splash, zombies on public transit, and problems memorializing history's tragedies. But on the bright side, shirtless men and hippos.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Memorial, zombies, metro, Sladkoe, Kazakhstan, Russia
August 10, 2017
Eating, Drinking, and Putin's New Look
Eating, Drinking, and Putin's New Look

Beachgoers bathe in potable sludge, Russians weigh in on replacements for sanctioned food, and the Kremlin revamps funerals. Plus, Putin goes fishing. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Putin, sanctions, Kremlin, Sochi, Russia