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July 21, 2017
Live Long and Prosper
Live Long and Prosper

In which we accompany one of our heroines for her annual check up at the hospital.

By Nadya Grebennikova
Tags: children of 1917, health
July 20, 2017
Royal(ish) Weddings and Toys for the Opposition
Royal(ish) Weddings and Toys for the Opposition

Getting flak for getting hitched, how fidget spinners foster political dissidence, and a new set of wheels around Russia. Plus dandy pigeons and the best totalitarian tourism. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: uber, yandex, fidget spinners, russia
July 14, 2017
Know Your Country!
Know Your Country!

The Children of 1917 expedition is far from over, yet we have uncovered the secret to long life and pinpointed the source of the Volga River.

By Nadya Grebennikova
Tags: Volga, children of 1917
July 13, 2017
Risqué Ballet and Putin's Grannies
Risqué Ballet and Putin's Grannies

The scandal around the Bolshoi's latest ballet, remembering an Internet icon, and pro-Putin pensioners, with a dash of PhotoShop of daredevilry. 

 

 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Nosik, Nureyev, ballet, Russia
July 8, 2017
Two Riverbanks*
Two Riverbanks*

Our producer, Misha, wanted us to row across the Volga River to visit 100-year-old Tatyana Semyonovna. He felt it would be epic and symbolic. We disagreed...

By Nadya Grebennikova
Tags: Volga, children of 1917
July 6, 2017
Toxic Waste, Putin Farms, & Crazy Seals
Toxic Waste, Putin Farms, & Crazy Seals

Tractors for Putin, toxic waste for Kaliningrad, and Reagan and Gorbachev for their modern-day counterparts. Also sweet wine, state secrets, and salt.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Spaso, Gorbachev, Reagan, Kaliningrad, Putin, Russia
June 29, 2017
Baller Ballerinas, Flying Taxis, & Gardens in the Sky
Baller Ballerinas, Flying Taxis, & Gardens in the Sky

Celebrate soccer with metro-station ballet, explore the galaxy with Yandex, and take a stroll through Moscow's rooftop gardens. Plus the Beatles, Stephen Colbert, and 29 Russian writers.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: beatles, yandex, ballet, soccer, confederations cup, moscow, russia
June 28, 2017
On the Tragedy of One Family... and an Entire People
On the Tragedy of One Family... and an Entire People

As told in two letters, two certificates and the autobiography of one centenarian, who turned 100 on June 16 and is the oldest person in her village of 100.

By Nadya Grebennikova
Tags: partisans, world war ii, children of 1917
June 28, 2017
Catherine Seizes Power
Catherine Seizes Power

On June 28, 1762, Catherine (born Sofia Frederika Augusta), the German wife of a weakened tsar, seized Russian throne. She soon earned the appellation "the Great."

By Nikolai Pavlenko
Tags: tsarism, history, Catherine the Great
June 22, 2017
The Full 100
The Full 100

On the eve of our visit, the ambulance came for Maria Nikolayevna Ryabtsova: there was something wrong with her neck. The doctor examined her, but found nothing serious. He did an EKG and was surprised: “if only everyone had a heart like yours,” he said.

By Nadezhda Grebennikova
Tags: st. petersburg, children of 1917
June 22, 2017
Soccer, Sci-Fi, Snipers, and Tsoy
Soccer, Sci-Fi, Snipers, and Tsoy

Russia hosts the Confederations Cup, Strugatsky sci-fi gets a reboot (or just gets booted), and we honor the memories of WWII's female snipers and of the rock legend Viktor Tsoy. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Tsoy, Strugatsky, FIFA, soccer, Russia
June 22, 2017
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall

June 22nd marks the 76th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia that changed the course of WWII and, perhaps, history itself.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, soviet union, WWII, World War, Hitler, nazi germany, Barbarossa, napoleon, great patriotic war