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February 2, 2017
Blogging Bears, Ivan the Terrible Rapper, and a Blob
Blogging Bears, Ivan the Terrible Rapper, and a Blob

A polar bear travels the world, a historian serves up the Rhyme of Troubles, the Kremlin gets a new alien, and Presidents Putin and Trump get along by the skin of their teeth. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, travel, bear, history, zhdun
January 31, 2017
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia

In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
January 31, 2017
Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk

Photographer Anton Karliner explains why trains, a metro bridge, and World War II have a place in Novosibirsk history.

By Anton Karliner
Tags: Siberia
January 26, 2017
Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice
Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice

Adapting to life in Russia? Comic books. Craving cuteness? Piglets getting saved from a fire. Not Russian enough for you? Ice swimming. And for good measure, zombies. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, migrants, moscow, epiphany, putin, ice swimming
January 25, 2017
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery

Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
January 24, 2017
Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky

Maria Plotnikova acquaints us with Tchaikovsky. No, not the composer, the town named for him in Siberia's Perm Krai.

By Maria Plotnikova
Tags: Tchaikovsky, Kama, Udmurtia
January 19, 2017
The spy who stayed out in the cold
The spy who stayed out in the cold

Some people see spies everywhere. Other people just see dumpsters, birds, snow, dogs, boars, or artists seeking political asylum. (That's at least 4 separate stories).

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: russia, lavrov, spies, snow, pavlensky, politics
January 17, 2017
Samara
Samara

Photographer Kristina Syrchikova explains what a goose has to do with Samara and the Volga River.

By Kristina Syrchikova
January 12, 2017
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, sturdy stolen statues
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, and sturdy stolen statues

The year's coldest ride, hottest statue, most scandalous yoga teacher, and best way to learn the names of all of Russia's federal subjects. And it's just the first TWERF of the year. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Moscow, bikes, law, yoga
January 10, 2017
Chelyabinsk
Chelyabinsk

Artist Anastasia Bogomolova takes us on a tour of Chelyabinsk, famous for its meteorite, tanks, and a very special forest.

By Anastasia Bogomolova
Tags: industry, Urals
January 9, 2017
Most Popular Stories of 2016
Most Popular Stories of 2016

We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.

By The Editors
Tags: Best of, Russian Life
January 7, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling

A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.

By Alexander Mozhaev
Tags: Moscow, art, monuments