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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
June 7, 2018
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something

This week gives everybody a new lease on life, whether in the form of a photo touch up, another platform for Putin, or an actual new life for a “dead” journalist.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: austria, afghanistan, st. petersburg, putin, navalny
May 31, 2018
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo

In a galaxy far, far away, the Millennium Falcon circled over a vicious battle with art and a dangerous passageway. That far-off galaxy being Russia, of course.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Ivan the Terrible, Ivan the terrible, Star Wars, st. petersburg, art
May 30, 2018
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia

What do you have to do as Russian tsar to be remembered as "Great"? You can start by reforming the government, social structure, customs, language, and, well, everything else.

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: peter the great, st. petersburg, russia, history, reform, traditions, literature, dostoyevsky
May 28, 2018
Oleg Sentsov: Immutable FAQs.
Oleg Sentsov: Immutable FAQs.

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on the 15th day of a hunger strike in a northern-Siberian prison. Anton Dolin explains how Sentsov's case is a sad miscarriage of justice, and what one can or cannot do about it.

By Anton Dolin
Tags: Ukraine, dissent, law, political prisoners
May 10, 2018
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper

This week Russians hit the streets, waterways, and air for all sorts of occasions.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: nuclear, arctic, moscow
May 9, 2018
Painting Veterans
Painting Veterans

Artist Sasha Sokolova has undertaken a personal, artistic and cultural project to document the daily life of Russia’s remaining war veterans.

By Sasha Sokolova
Tags: veterans, art, world war ii