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Let the Maslenitsa Begin!
Let the Maslenitsa Begin!

Russia's Maslenitsa week has begun! So what's it all about?

Tags: maslenitsa, blini, lent pascha, Orthodox
Gorbachev Turns 85
Gorbachev Turns 85

A look back at the heady Gorbachev era, a time of rationing and glasnost, perestroika and cooperatives, when everything seemed possible.

Tags: gorbachev, glasnost, perestroika, reform
Bridge of Contention
Bridge of Contention

It has been a year since Boris Nemtsov was shot as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin, yet Russians continue to gather at his assassination site.

Tags: Nemtsov, politics, protest
Nikita S. Khrushchev
Nikita S. Khrushchev

On February 24, 1956, Khrushchev delivered his now infamous secret speech. It would change everything... sort of...

Tags: soviet era, khrushchev
When Peace Came to Earth
When Peace Came to Earth

Thirty years ago tomorrow, the Mir Space Station was launched. It was a technological wonder of its time.

Tags: russia, mir, space, science
Cold Hard Facts
Cold Hard Facts

I just returned from our village in Tver region, and have some sad news to share.

Tags: healthcare, village life, elderly
Orthodox-Catholic Summit
Orthodox-Catholic Summit

This week, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill met in Havana. Why was this such a big deal?

Tags: Orthodox, Catholic, orthodoxy, orthodox church
The Long Kiosk Goodbye
The Long Kiosk Goodbye

The destruction of 97 kiosks around Moscow opens up the controversies of architectural preservation, the plight of small businesses, and the rebuilding of history itself. 

Tags: moscow, metro, business, russian architecture, politics, economy, kiosks
Russophile's Bookshelf
Russophile's Bookshelf

A few books we have received recently that we thought Russophiles should know about.

Tags: books, history, memoir, fiction
8 Sci-Fi Futures That Explain Russia Today
8 Sci-Fi Futures That Explain Russia Today

In honor of Evgeny Zamyatin's birthday, here are eight Russian sci-fi novels that reveal something about Russia and the world beyond.

Tags: science fiction, literature, history, fantasy, bogdanov, zamyatin, strugatsky, voinovich, lukyanenko, yeskov, sorokin, elizarov
13 Crazes Proving Putinmania Is Here to Stay
13 Crazes Proving Putinmania Is Here to Stay

Join with us in a celebration of 13 inspired displays of Putinalia (not as nasty as it sounds) that Russia has gifted to the world.

    Tags: Putin, politics, culture, humor
    More Dangerous Than Gunpowder
    More Dangerous Than Gunpowder

    Under Stalin, a poem could mean life or death. For many poets, it was a one-way ticket to the Gulag. Today, poems can be a means to face cultural memories of arrests in the night, forced labor, and the silence demanded of people fearing those fates. 

    Tags: poetry, gulag, prison, memory, history, literature, Akhmatova, Ozerov, Samoilov, censorship
    The Course of Revolution Is Not Smooth
    The Course of Revolution Is Not Smooth

    With the temporary triumph of Russian workers in the 1905 revolution, every opposition party expects a piece of the pie. But not if it's the anarchist party! Just ten years after his own politically-motivated arrest and exile, Vladimir Lenin wrote a scathing critique of the anarchists' attempt to join the revolution and work toward a better society.

    Tags: lenin, 1905, anarchism, socialism
    Did Stakhanov Act Alone?
    Did Stakhanov Act Alone?

    Alexei Stakhanov mined 102 tons of coal in under 6 hours, sparking the Stakhanovite movement. But did he really do it all by himself, by his own initiative? The son of a miner from Blagoveshchensk recalls evidence of unnamed assistants and fishy bureaucratic orders.
     

    Tags: soviet union, stalin, stakhanov, stakhanovite
    The Most Useful Russian Inventions
    The Most Useful Russian Inventions

    What do radio, television, the periodic table, and helicopters have in common? Russians were involved in developing all of them – and more!

    Tags: inventions, science
    Boris Nemtsov
    Boris Nemtsov

    On Friday night, just steps from St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the bravest and most vocal opponents of the Kremlin was gunned down by unknown assailants. How are Russians reacting?

    Tags: politics, Kremlin, Putin, murder
    Who's Out to Get Russia?
    Who's Out to Get Russia?

    As oil prices drop, the Russian economy finds itself facing an ever bleaker future. Is someone targeting Russia? Russian bloggers weigh in.

    Tags: oil, russia, blog
    Our First Cold War
    Our First Cold War

    When the Editors at Russian Life asked me to write about how my friends and I (“the younger generation”) view the current state of Russian-American relations, given the events of 2014, I honestly had to pause and think about it.

    Tags: us-russian relations, cold war, putin, youth
    Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy
    Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy

    World oil prices are plummeting, the ruble is in free fall, the Russian economy is on the brink of a recession, inflation is climbing, and the Russian Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate has jumped to 17 percent. Meanwhile, President Putin still has popularity ratings in the 80 percent range and there is, seemingly, no panic in the streets of Moscow. What is going on? What is Putin’s game? 

    Russian Exceptionalism According to Boris Dubin
    Russian Exceptionalism According to Boris Dubin

    A social state, a sense of community and shared decision making, an oddly distant government, home-grown values, and being split between Europe and Asia – according to Russians, this is what makes Russia special. But Boris Dubin's findings show that what really makes Russia special is Russia's ability to pretend no one else exists.

    Tags: sociology, russians, russia