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August 16, 2018
The Dog Days of Summer and the Crazy Things They Bring
The Dog Days of Summer and the Crazy Things They Bring

This week gives us a plethora of emotions: shame in Samara, excitement in Tomsk, and a bit of both in Moscow.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: samara, tomsk, moscow
August 9, 2018
Crime Doesn't Pay
Crime Doesn't Pay

This is the crime-filled Russia you’ve always heard about, including a cat smuggling drugs and railroad theft.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: cat, orthodox church, Kaluga, st. petersburg
August 2, 2018
A Round of Russian Rescues
A Round of Russian Rescues

Everybody receives a lift, from a stranded hiker, to the planet, to two boys who are actually doing just fine.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Nizhny Novgorod, lavrov
July 26, 2018
Russians in the Dark, One Way or Another
Russians in the Dark, One Way or Another

It was a busy week in Russia: another round of pension protests, a pilgrimage for the Romanovs, and oh, the devil is working his magic.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: protest, romanovs, World Cup, siberia, duma
July 19, 2018
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods

Shed a tear for our last World Cup TWERF, in which we finally learn about the Romanovs and feel the wrath of nature.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Trump, football, World Cup, soccer, Volgograd, romanovs, romanov, putin
July 17, 2018
Death of a Dynasty
Death of a Dynasty

Who really killed the Romanovs? Read about the survivors of the royal household.

By Linda DeLaine
Tags: romanovs, revolution
July 12, 2018
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride

What’s out of this world? Russia’s performance in the World Cup, a Russian cargo ship, and showers in Samara!

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: space, soccer, World Cup, samara
July 5, 2018
That Other Red, White, and Blue
That Other Red, White, and Blue

As Americans celebrate their Independence Day, Russia may have gained a new national holiday as well: the day they beat Spain in the World Cup.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Volgograd, football, World Cup, soccer
July 1, 2018
Let's Create the New Russian Life Together
Let's Create the New Russian Life Together

Online media is rife with problems, and, as a result, it largely gets Russia wrong. You can help us change that.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: news, magazine, russian life
June 28, 2018
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!

This week Russia lost but isn’t out yet; football fans, amazingly, spread cheer across Russia; and a storm reminds us of the world outside.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Rostov-on-Don, soccer, World Cup, barnaul, Nizhny Novgorod
June 21, 2018
Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg
Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg

Russia wins its first two World Cup games and Jeff Monson is running for CIty Council in Krasnogorsk. Does life get better than this?

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: soccer, cat, World Cup
June 14, 2018
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins

Is it football or soccer? Either way, TWERF prepares for the start of the World Cup by examining Russia’s chances (not great), while still paying attention to a few other stories before the madness begins.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: cat, World Cup, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk