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Katya Everdeenova? No. YA Fiction Set in Russia? Yes.
Katya Everdeenova? No. YA Fiction Set in Russia? Yes.

We're seeing a growth spurt in literature for kids and teens set in Russia. That means magic, time travel, and Stalinism all rolled up in one.

Tags: literature, teen fiction, young adult fiction, magic, fantasy, stalin, Ivan the Terrible, baba yaga, faberge, romanovs, time travel
Crimea Crisis Solved?
Crimea Crisis Solved?

In a surprising move that has shocked international pundits, Secretary of State John Kerry today announced he has arranged the de-annexation of Crimea by Russia. 

Tags: crimea, kerry, international relations
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases

In The Weekly Russia File for March 31: some terrible chess puns, and how to stop traffic.

Architecture and unexquisite corpses
Architecture and unexquisite corpses

A church’s domes caving into the altar. A transgender couple finagles a wedding. A hospital patient shares a room with a corpse. Just another TWERF.

Tags: architecture, murmansk, marriage
Leningrad Region
Leningrad Region

Alexander Solo is documenting "monotowns" in Russia. He shows us a couple in Leningrad Region, where he lives.

Tags: factories, urban, Leningrad Region
Gorbachev Turns 85
Gorbachev Turns 85

A look back at the heady Gorbachev era, a time of rationing and glasnost, perestroika and cooperatives, when everything seemed possible.

Tags: gorbachev, glasnost, perestroika, reform
Bridge of Contention
Bridge of Contention

It has been a year since Boris Nemtsov was shot as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin, yet Russians continue to gather at his assassination site.

Tags: Nemtsov, politics, protest
Nikita S. Khrushchev
Nikita S. Khrushchev

On February 24, 1956, Khrushchev delivered his now infamous secret speech. It would change everything... sort of...

Tags: soviet era, khrushchev
The Long Kiosk Goodbye
The Long Kiosk Goodbye

The destruction of 97 kiosks around Moscow opens up the controversies of architectural preservation, the plight of small businesses, and the rebuilding of history itself. 

Tags: moscow, metro, business, russian architecture, politics, economy, kiosks
Russophile's Bookshelf
Russophile's Bookshelf

A few books we have received recently that we thought Russophiles should know about.

Tags: books, history, memoir, fiction