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

Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice
Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice

Adapting to life in Russia? Comic books. Craving cuteness? Piglets getting saved from a fire. Not Russian enough for you? Ice swimming. And for good measure, zombies. 

Tags: russia, migrants, moscow, epiphany, putin, ice swimming
The spy who stayed out in the cold
The spy who stayed out in the cold

Some people see spies everywhere. Other people just see dumpsters, birds, snow, dogs, boars, or artists seeking political asylum. (That's at least 4 separate stories).

Tags: russia, lavrov, spies, snow, pavlensky, politics
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, sturdy stolen statues
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, and sturdy stolen statues

The year's coldest ride, hottest statue, most scandalous yoga teacher, and best way to learn the names of all of Russia's federal subjects. And it's just the first TWERF of the year. 

Tags: Russia, Moscow, bikes, law, yoga
Most Popular Stories of 2016
Most Popular Stories of 2016

We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.

Tags: Best of, Russian Life
We Fish You A Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah)
We Fish You A Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah)

Just in time for the holidays, Russians unearth (unsea?) some fish that look out of this world. Plus, anticipating the New Year, the U.S. view on Russia, and political jokes. 

Tags: Russia, New Year, fish, Brezhnev
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.

Tags: Brezhnev, Soviet Union, USSR, Stagnation
Of mutts and men
Of mutts and men

With puppies and provinces on the line, Russia-Japan relations are a bit ruff. Plus bobsledding bedlam, diplomatic dirt, and more holiday dogs. 

Tags: Russia, Japan, Kuril Islands, Putin, dogs, doping, WADA, Lavrov
Cartoons, reality TV, and other art forms
Cartoons, reality TV, and other art forms

Masha and the Bear tops the charts, Ramzan Kadyrov picks Chechnya's next top admin, and the arts in general are a big bowl of kasha. 

Tags: Russia, Putin, Masha and the Bear, Kadyrov, arts, culture, spy
Peter Aleshkovsky: 2016 Russian Booker Laureate
Peter Aleshkovsky: 2016 Russian Booker Laureate

We were excited to learn that one of our authors, Peter Aleshkovsky, was awarded the 2016 Russian Booker Prize, arguably Russia's most prestigous literary prize. 

Tags: Aleshhkovsky, fiction, awards, novel
Art and politics on thin ice
Art and politics on thin ice

Should ice dancing with a Holocaust theme be totally taboo, or can it be done with respect? That and Fidel Castro, Siberian cats, and a few fish puns. 

Tags: Russia, Navka, Fidel Castro, Holocaust, YouTube