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December 6, 2018
Jedi Masters, Moon Colonies, and More
Jedi Masters, Moon Colonies, and More

This week goes intergalactic with a moon colony, two jedi masters, and several unhappy taxi drivers.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: putin, space, ukraine, moscow
November 29, 2018
Russian Fairy Tales of Royalty and Rappers
Russian Fairy Tales of Royalty and Rappers

We have a trio of uplifting stories this week: a Russian rapper freed, a Russian beauty turned royalty, and a literal (and strange) military lift.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Crimea, ukraine, krasnodar, kremlin
November 26, 2018
Vladimir Gilyarovsky and Russian Journalism
Vladimir Gilyarovsky and Russian Journalism

Even today, 165 years after his birth, Vladimir Gilyarovsky - journalist, poet and writer of prose - is widely revered, especially among Muscovites.

By The Editors
Tags: journalism, Moscow
November 23, 2018
We Once Had a Poet Named Tyutchev
We Once Had a Poet Named Tyutchev

Fyodor Tyutchev (whose 115th birthday is today) was endowed with genius and good luck: a great Russian poet, he was not killed in a duel or in the Caucasus.  Nor did he rot in Siberia, but instead lived until he was 70 and died in his own bed. 

By Anatoly Liberman
Tags: poetry, literature, Tyutchev
November 22, 2018
Of Ryan Gosling and the Dancing Siberians
Of Ryan Gosling and the Dancing Siberians

This week we’ve got sweet stories you’ll want as much as that second piece of pie: an injury-free minefield, Ryan Gosling, and dancing police.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: siberia, police, st. petersburg
November 16, 2018
Aleksashka in the Halls of Power
Aleksashka in the Halls of Power

On this day 345 years ago, Alexander Menshikov was born into a poor peasant family. No one could have predicted to what heights he would rise.

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: peter the great, history
November 16, 2018
Operation Infektion
Operation Infektion

This week, the New York Times released a well-researched, well-produced series of three videos on Russian and Soviet disinformation activities against the US and the rest of the world. Every Russophile needs to watch them.

By The Editors
Tags: lies, disinformation, espionage
November 15, 2018
Whoosh, Bark, and Boo
Whoosh, Bark, and Boo

This week was a grab bag of jobs well done, tear-jerkers, and meta-scary stories. Buckle up!

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: energy, environment, Halloween, putin, dogs, religion
November 14, 2018
Olga's Amazing Work of Art
Olga's Amazing Work of Art

Olga Ezova-Denisova explains in words and pictures the complex process behind making her special bear linocut prints for our New Russian Life project.

By Olga Ezova-Denisova
November 9, 2018
Being Turgenev
Being Turgenev

Everyone in Russia knows the great writer Ivan Turgenev, whose 200th birthday is today, and they make his acquaintance in three stages. 

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: literature, turgenev
November 9, 2018
First Love
First Love

An excerpt from First Love, which Turgenev called his most autobiographical novel, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy’s infatuation with an older girl.

By Ivan Turgenev
November 8, 2018
Our Untold Stories
Our Untold Stories

Ever wonder what we don’t publish? Well, here it is. The scraps on our cutting room floor, and last week’s fourth-best story – all collected in one wonderfully semi-interesting place.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: soccer, art, education