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July 20, 2017
Royal(ish) Weddings and Toys for the Opposition
Royal(ish) Weddings and Toys for the Opposition

Getting flak for getting hitched, how fidget spinners foster political dissidence, and a new set of wheels around Russia. Plus dandy pigeons and the best totalitarian tourism. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: uber, yandex, fidget spinners, russia
July 13, 2017
Risqué Ballet and Putin's Grannies
Risqué Ballet and Putin's Grannies

The scandal around the Bolshoi's latest ballet, remembering an Internet icon, and pro-Putin pensioners, with a dash of PhotoShop of daredevilry. 

 

 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Nosik, Nureyev, ballet, Russia
July 6, 2017
Toxic Waste, Putin Farms, & Crazy Seals
Toxic Waste, Putin Farms, & Crazy Seals

Tractors for Putin, toxic waste for Kaliningrad, and Reagan and Gorbachev for their modern-day counterparts. Also sweet wine, state secrets, and salt.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Spaso, Gorbachev, Reagan, Kaliningrad, Putin, Russia
June 29, 2017
Baller Ballerinas, Flying Taxis, & Gardens in the Sky
Baller Ballerinas, Flying Taxis, & Gardens in the Sky

Celebrate soccer with metro-station ballet, explore the galaxy with Yandex, and take a stroll through Moscow's rooftop gardens. Plus the Beatles, Stephen Colbert, and 29 Russian writers.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: beatles, yandex, ballet, soccer, confederations cup, moscow, russia
June 22, 2017
Soccer, Sci-Fi, Snipers, and Tsoy
Soccer, Sci-Fi, Snipers, and Tsoy

Russia hosts the Confederations Cup, Strugatsky sci-fi gets a reboot (or just gets booted), and we honor the memories of WWII's female snipers and of the rock legend Viktor Tsoy. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Tsoy, Strugatsky, FIFA, soccer, Russia
June 15, 2017
The Wooly Mammoth of the Past Is the Hotel of the Future
The Wooly Mammoth of the Past Is the Hotel of the Future

Mammoth skulls, ancient lizards, intangible money, train-jumping, and the great knights of Slavic history. Russia Day really does bring out the best.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: cryptocurrency, baikal, mammoth, russia day, russia
June 8, 2017
Celebrating Russian Language Day with Poets, Filmmakers, Journalists, & Robots
Celebrating Russian Language Day with Poets, Filmmakers, Journalists, & Robots

Celebrate the wealth of Russian culture with Pushkin's birthday, Russian Language Day, Sokurov's film award, Russian museums, and, um, Megyn Kelly's weird interview with Putin. Well, at least those first four. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: robots, Megyn Kelly, Sokurov, Pushkin, Russia
June 1, 2017
Bananas, Ballerinas, and Bubble Bath
Bananas, Ballerinas, and Bubble Bath

Blackface and bananas raise racist concerns ahead of soccer match, a linguist links Siberian Ket and Navajo languages, and video bloggers bring bubbles and pets to parliament. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: ballet, Duma, language, Ket, soccer, World Cup, Cameroon, Russia
May 25, 2017
Russian Youth, Then and Now
Russian Youth, Then and Now

We celebrate the anniversary of the Pioneers, explore Russia’s Generation Z, and for fun, admire a baby bear helping out in the garden. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: bears, youth, pioneers, ussr, russia
May 18, 2017
Pop music, Pythons, and Kindergarten on the Run
Pop music, Pythons, and Kindergarten on the Run

An anti-politics pop song, the drive against Hollywood, and education for deer herders. Plus, Putin, pianos, and pythons. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: medinsky, putin, vox, politics, russia