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21 November 2018


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Fake elections, real Cossacks, and how to do yoga in prison
Fake elections, real Cossacks, and how to do yoga in prison

Why some Russians would rather vote for a fictional candidate, the importance of a Cossack education, and some artsy graffiti along the way. 

Tags: elections, parliament, corruption, cossacks, graffiti, yoga, olympics
That's not cheese. It's a cyborg.
That's not cheese. It's a cyborg.

A joke-telling Pushkin robot, an unimpressed Putin, and cheese that's as virtual a reality as Pokémon. 

Tags: pushkin, putin, pokemon, russia, olympics, corruption, dairy
The First Canine Cosmonauts
The First Canine Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union’s first pair of pups launched into space on July 22, 1951, and their suborbital flight was a big pawprint in the Cold War Space Race.​

Tags: space race, rocket, russia, dogs, soviet union, space, cold war
Ivan the Terrible and Pokémon the Great
Ivan the Terrible and Pokémon the Great

Pokémon goes to Russia – and so do memories of fallen tsars, athletes, street cleaners, and of course, a kitty cat.

Tags: pokemon, russia, kremlin, olympics, doping, ivan the terrible, cats
Ballooning of strict laws, and ballooning of a hot air balloon
Ballooning of strict laws, and ballooning of a hot air balloon

Adventure takes many forms. There's regular travel, round-the-world travel, and navigating the Russian legal system. Also beards. 

Tags: russia, anti-terrorist laws, adventure, kremlin, putin, turkey, erdogan
Get undressed and read the news till you sweat
Get undressed and read the news till you sweat

Presidential speeches urge disrobing, but it's not what you think. All while laws get passed, politicians play judo, and – wait, is that Leonardo diCaprio?

Tags: russia, putin, judo, duma, lukashenko, leonardo dicaprio, soccer
What Brexit means for Russian economic and territorial expansion
What Brexit means for Russian economic and territorial expansion

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. Does that mean a boom for Russia? Or is that title a ploy to get you to read about how Russians go about sunbathing?

Tags: russia, brexit, alaska, currency, ruble, sunbathing
Scandals, lies, sci-fi, and other sporting events
Scandals, lies, sci-fi, and other sporting events

Fictional sportscasters, the all-too-real Olympic ban, and the possible reality of teleportation in Russia's future. And don't forget about mind control.

Tags: olympics, soccer, ban, doping, russia, teleportation, technology
Births: Modern Russia, baby LSDUZ, and lots of leopards
Births: Modern Russia, baby LSDUZ, and lots of leopards

Russia Day marks the birth of the post-Soviet Russian nation. This week saw some other births too, from literal leopard cubs to figurative names and games. 

Tags: russia day, russia, leopards, soccer, football, chaika, navalny
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection