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November 19, 2016
Famous People Who Studied Russian
Famous People Who Studied Russian

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 18, 2016
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
Famous Americans with Russian Roots

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

By Letitia Rydjeski
Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 17, 2016
Clowns, corruption, and overdue library books
Clowns, corruption, and overdue library books

A group of humanitarian clowns is set to conquer sadness in Russia. Whether they can also combat corruption, questionable legal cases, and adorable baby foxes is another matter.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, corruption, bribery, embezzlement, foxes
November 15, 2016
Volgograd
Volgograd

Sergei Karpov was born and raised in Volgograd, which he calls "the most depressing of Russia's million-resident cities."

By Sergei Karpov
November 11, 2016
Dostoyevsky's Birthday in 10 Dark Quotes
Dostoyevsky's Birthday in 10 Dark Quotes

In honor of the writer's 195th birthday, here are 10 quotes to celebrate the life and writings of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. They may not be cheerful, but they sure are profound.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Dostoevsky, literature, Crime and Punishment, Karamazov, suffering
November 10, 2016
A new direction for US-Russia relations?
A new direction for US-Russia relations?

The news in the U.S. is news for Russia, too. Here's how Russians are thinking about a Trump presidency – and it involves cats and burgers, as well as political ponderings. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, Putin, Trump
November 8, 2016
Smolensk
Smolensk

Irina Novikova explains the resilience of Smolensk, its legends, ghosts, churches and fortress. Oh, and why people stop by a city park to stroke the genitals of a bronze deer.

By Irina Novikova
Tags: world war ii, hitler, architecture, great patriotic war
November 3, 2016
False history and forensic literature
False history and forensic literature

Fighting falsified Russian history, righting incorrect Bulgakovian history, and piecing together just what – and how unified – is the Russian nation. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, USSR, Putin, Bulgakov, nationalism, Unity Day
November 1, 2016
Magadan
Magadan

Evgeny Serov takes us to Magadan, a city with beautiful ocean views and a Gulag past.

By Evgeny Serov
Tags: Gulag, Far East, Siberia
October 31, 2016
Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween
Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween

The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from the mausoleum on Red Square on October 31, 1961. It may not be as spooky as Halloween, but the former leader still haunts Russia today.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, USSR, Soviet Union, Stalin, Lenin, mausoleum
October 27, 2016
How to name your baby (and not get arrested)
How to name your baby (and not get arrested)

Baby BOCh rVF 260602 may have to change his name. Plus, Russia's protest potential, the shrinking middle class, and dabbling with Shamanism. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Russia, law, protest, economy, Shamanism
October 25, 2016
Kalmykia
Kalmykia

Nina Zotina takes us to Kalmykia, a place of chess, Buddhism, and steppe.

By Nina Zotina