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June 19, 2017
Meet the Team
Meet the Team

Since we will be asking lots of questions of our interview subjects, we thought it only fair to answering some questions about ourselves, so that readers can get to know us all a bit better.

June 17, 2017
Contact With a Mystery
Contact With a Mystery

Born on this day in 1882, Igor Stravinsky, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, in many ways defined the music of his era. We look back at his Rite of Spring.

By Ilya Ovchinnikov
June 15, 2017
The Wooly Mammoth of the Past Is the Hotel of the Future
The Wooly Mammoth of the Past Is the Hotel of the Future

Mammoth skulls, ancient lizards, intangible money, train-jumping, and the great knights of Slavic history. Russia Day really does bring out the best.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: cryptocurrency, baikal, mammoth, russia day, russia
June 14, 2017
The First Pancake is Always Lumpy
The First Pancake is Always Lumpy

The Children of 1917 Expedition is underway. We began in the most logical place: in St. Petersburg...

By Nadezhda Grebennikova
Tags: 1917, centenarians, st. petersburg
June 12, 2017
"Tear Down This Wall!"
"Tear Down This Wall!"

Thirty years ago today, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Two years later, the wall came down after a German bureaucrat misspoke.

By Divya Ryan
Tags: gorbachev, reagan, berlin wall
June 8, 2017
Celebrating Russian Language Day with Poets, Filmmakers, Journalists, & Robots
Celebrating Russian Language Day with Poets, Filmmakers, Journalists, & Robots

Celebrate the wealth of Russian culture with Pushkin's birthday, Russian Language Day, Sokurov's film award, Russian museums, and, um, Megyn Kelly's weird interview with Putin. Well, at least those first four. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: robots, Megyn Kelly, Sokurov, Pushkin, Russia
June 7, 2017
Reading Russian, Distractedly
Reading Russian, Distractedly

Reading is communication from writer to reader, and yet in Anna Karenina, whenever a character reads, he or she is often only somebody holding a prop, not reading at all.

By Robert Blaisdell
Tags: literature, anna karenina, Tolstoy
June 6, 2017
7 Banned Films from the 1960s
7 Banned Films from the 1960s

Where we discuss seven outstanding Soviet movies from the 1960s dealing with rural Russia, humaneness, and the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution that, instead of contributing to the revolution’s legacy, gathered dust for decades.

By Oleg Koronny and Leonid Marantidi
Tags: cinematography, 1960s, film
June 1, 2017
Bananas, Ballerinas, and Bubble Bath
Bananas, Ballerinas, and Bubble Bath

Blackface and bananas raise racist concerns ahead of soccer match, a linguist links Siberian Ket and Navajo languages, and video bloggers bring bubbles and pets to parliament. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: ballet, Duma, language, Ket, soccer, World Cup, Cameroon, Russia
May 31, 2017
Final Diary Entries Before Arrest
Final Diary Entries Before Arrest

In cooperation with the “Lived” Project, Arzamas selected personal diary entries written immediately before their authors were arrested during the Great Terror. Almost all of these diaries were kept in the FSB Archive – the principal source of information for historians working on the events of 1937 – 1938.

By Ilya Venyavkin (Editor)
Tags: 1930s, purges, camps, diaries, gulag
May 29, 2017
Countdown to Departure
Countdown to Departure

So, what exactly have we been doing in the two months since the successful closure of our crowdfunding for this project?

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: travel
May 28, 2017
How to Properly Accept Bribes
How to Properly Accept Bribes

This is a short extract from a satirical book published in 1837, from which we learn: what sorts of bribes there are; why it is better to take a bribe during lunch; why gaudy is better than a bullfinch; the language in which one should speak of bribes; and how to avoid punishment for receiving bribes.

By Yulia Bogatko
Tags: history, corruption, business, bribes