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Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral
Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral

On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.

Tags: Russia, Moscow, Red Square, st. basil, St. Basil's Cathedral, Pokrovsky Sobor, religion, Ivan IV
Kamchatka
Kamchatka

Alexander Gaivoron and his wife Anastasia took their pre-wedding honeymoon on Kamchatka, land of bears and volcanoes. And they invite us along!

Tags: Kamchatka, travel, photography, bears
Faded Memories of 1991
Faded Memories of 1991

It's been over two decades since the coup of August 1991, and only half of Russians remember it. But that's not all...

Tags: gorbachev, coup, 1991, yeltsin, poll
The First Canine Cosmonauts
The First Canine Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union’s first pair of pups launched into space on July 22, 1951, and their suborbital flight was a big pawprint in the Cold War Space Race.‚Äč

Tags: space race, rocket, russia, dogs, soviet union, space, cold war
Fevronia's Day
Fevronia's Day

On July 8, Russia celebrates the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, a holiday aimed at promoting traditional family values, more commonly known as Fevronia's Day. What's it all about?

Tags: Fevronia, Orthodox Church, holidays
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection
The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg
The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is now 25: citizens voted to rename Leningrad as St. Petersburg on June 12, 1991. Lenin’s legacy was at the center of the change, and remains a hot topic 25 years later.

Tags: st. petersburg, lenin, leningrad, glasnost, soviet union, 1917
Mariy El
Mariy El

Nikolai Gontar leads us on a trip to the Republic of Mariy El, home to layered pancakes and some very unusual architecture.

Chernobyl: The State Secret
Chernobyl: The State Secret

30 years ago today, the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant had a meltdown: "Flames, sparks, and chunks of burning material went flying... These were red-hot pieces of nuclear fuel and graphite..."

Tags: Chernobyl, nuclear, accident, Belarus, soviet
New Foreign Agent Bill Hits Close to Home
New Foreign Agent Bill Hits Close to Home

Russia’s law on foreign agents may be getting increasingly draconian. In its latest iteration, any charity could be deemed a political tool of international forces.

Tags: foreign agent, law, political activity, civil rights, human rights
Russia's Favorite Rebel and His Bloody Capture Turn 345
Russia's Favorite Rebel and His Bloody Capture Turn 345

On April 14, 1671, Cossacks captured rebel leader Stenka Razin and ended his rebellion against the tsar. Here’s some background on Razin’s uprising, and what it meant for the fate of Russia.

Tags: stenka razin, rebellion, uprising, tsar, peasants, cossacks, 1671, astrakhan, lobnoye mesto, autocracy, revolt
Gagarin Lives!
Gagarin Lives!

Yury Gagarin’s 108-minute space flight on April 12, 1961, propelled him to a level of celebrity never before known to any Soviet. His smiling face graced postal stamps, Palekh souvenir boxes, and fine porcelain, as he mingled with the beau monde of planet Earth.

Tags: gagarin, space, 1961
A kick in the face of public taste
A kick in the face of public taste

This week in Russia saw a whole lot of beatdowns: on international corruption, candy stores, and even Buddha. 

Tags: putin, chocolate, corruption, politics, twerf
What the Panama Papers Mean for Russia: The Basics
What the Panama Papers Mean for Russia

The Panama Papers shocked the world this week with tales of corruption among the cream of the world's political crop. Here's what the allegations mean for Russian politics, economics, and society.

Tags: panama papers, politics, economy, corruption, putin, offshore
Katya Everdeenova? No. YA Fiction Set in Russia? Yes.
Katya Everdeenova? No. YA Fiction Set in Russia? Yes.

We're seeing a growth spurt in literature for kids and teens set in Russia. That means magic, time travel, and Stalinism all rolled up in one.

Tags: literature, teen fiction, young adult fiction, magic, fantasy, stalin, Ivan the Terrible, baba yaga, faberge, romanovs, time travel
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases

In The Weekly Russia File for March 31: some terrible chess puns, and how to stop traffic.

A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)
A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)

What does it look like when a whole town empties out and there’s nothing but a few decaying buildings to prove anyone lived there at all?

Tags: russian architecture, ghost towns, monogoroda, churches, ussr, economy, abkhazia, tvarkcheli, solikamsk, monotowns, photography
Architecture and unexquisite corpses
Architecture and unexquisite corpses

A church’s domes caving into the altar. A transgender couple finagles a wedding. A hospital patient shares a room with a corpse. Just another TWERF.

Tags: architecture, murmansk, marriage
Leningrad Region
Leningrad Region

Alexander Solo is documenting "monotowns" in Russia. He shows us a couple in Leningrad Region, where he lives.

Tags: factories, urban, Leningrad Region
Great Lent
Great Lent

The Great Lent is forty days when the Church is involved in repentance, fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Tags: orthodox, lent, fast pasch, religion, easter, paskha