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22 September 2018


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The Puck Stops Here
The Puck Stops Here

There is nothing like a good old Russian ochered (line) to get close to the narod (people) and get some inside info. Standing in line, Russians tend to show solidarity, to open up and loosen their tongues. The perfect environment for a journalist... 

Tags: Sochi, Olympics
Parlez Sochi?
Parlez Sochi?

Russian Life Sports Editor Mikhail Ivanov was interviewed by Radio Canada (in French) in the aftermath of the US-Russia hockey match on February 15. Listen to the audio here.

Tags: sports, olympics, hockey
Because Curling is Not Funny Enough!
Because Curling is Not Funny Enough! #SochiFunny

Life without humor is dull. And that is even true when it comes to sports. Here at the Olympics, one cannot be exclusively focused on “ochki, goly, sekundy” (points, goals,seconds). So, time to look at the lighter side of things in Sochi.

Tags: sports, olympics, medvedev, obama
Take Plenty of Vitamin D to Sochi
Take Plenty of Vitamin D to Sochi

So you, dear readers, think that the Olympics is all about sports? Nay! It is of course all about the souvenirs! And about how a miserly correspondent is supposed to buy them in sufficient quantity for the many friends and family left behind on the "mainland" while he is "roughing it" in Sochi...

Tags: olympics, sochi, Putin
What the Bleep is Going on in Sochi?
What the Bleep is Going on in Sochi?

Why is it that the Twitter hashtag #sochiproblems has more followers than the Twitter feed for the games? How is it that all we hear from the Western press is negativism, while from the athletes and local observers there are only raves for the fantastic facilities? Why do pictures of double toilets and unfinished hotels continue to flood the inter-tubes? And what idiot gave the order to kill puppies in Sochi?

Tags: sochi, olympics
1980 Olympics: Songs and Cartoons
1980 Olympics: Songs and Cartoons

With the Winter Olympics set to kick off in Sochi tomorrow, we take a look back at the rich cultural legacy of the last Games Russia hosted.

Tags: russia, soviet union, 1980, olympics, music, cartoons
Our Sports Editor Arrives in Sochi
Our Sports Editor Arrives in Sochi

Sometimes the life of a sports editor is trying: back of the bus treatment, spotty food, rough accommodations. But Sochi, as Russian Life sports editor Mikhail Ivanov reports, is a breath of fresh air for this seasoned sports reporter.

Tags: olympics, Sochi
7 Things We're Loving About the Sochi Olympics
7 Things We're Loving About the Sochi Olympics

It’s now just 7 days until the start of the Sochi Olympics and here at Russian Life we are getting pretty excited. Sure, it’s our thing to get excited about all things Russian. But it’s more than that. Here are 7 reasons we’re particularly amped.

Tags: sports, olympics, sochi
9 Crazy Things Russian Lawmakers Have Tried to Ban
9 Crazy Things Russian Lawmakers Have Tried to Ban

Some Russian legislators have an unwavering faith in the ability of laws to rid society of all its evils. Noise? Bad news? The stench of garlic? The end of the world? No problem - just ban 'em all!

Tags: russia, laws, humor
Constructing a Constitution
Constructing a Constitution

Happy birthday, Russian Constitution! Let's take a quick look at where you came from: the political struggles, reform efforts, and occasional street fighting of a newborn country.

Tags: 1993, yeltsin, duma, russia, constitution, russian, referendum
Bukharin: Rise and Fall
Bukharin: Rise and Fall

Nikolai Bukharin, the Moscow revolutionary, was on the rise throughout the early twentieth century – but as we all know, what goes up must come down. Turns out you come down especially fast if you meet Stalin at the top.

Tags: 1917, 1938, bukharin, stalin, russia, soviet union, soviet era, communism, lenin
Why is This Cab Glowing?
Why is This Cab Glowing?

After a deadly tsunami hit Japan in 2011, followed by the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, the port of Vladivostok received a number of radioactive cars. Two years later, radioactive car parts are still arriving in Russia. Outrageously, Russian customs authorities have had to detain and send back to Japan over 930 radioactive cars since 2011.

Tags: trade, Vladivostok, Siberia, environment
Patriotism: A USSR Story
Patriotism: A USSR Story

Being patriotic in the Soviet Union was a duty, a challenge, and a potential pitfall, all rolled into one. The story of one Soviet singer, Joseph Kobzon, shows how one cultural idol walked that dangerous line.

Tags: russia, russian music, patriotism, ussr, soviet union, kobzon, politics, music, culture, lenin, brezhnev
The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics
The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics

In addition to highlighting local issues, Moscow's mayoral race has generated lively discussions of various national topics. Front and center among these is Russia's immigration and migrant worker policy.

Tags: immigration, Moscow, navalny, elections, elections
Russian Political Prisoners Ignored by Everyone
Russian Political Prisoners Ignored by Everyone

Sergey Udaltsov, a leftist protest leader currently under house arrest pending investigation of his alleged planning of the May 6, 2012 Bolotnaya Square riots exemplifies the popular saying: “out of sight, out of mind.” Yet he is not alone in his plight...

Tags: politics, dissent, prison
Reset, Shmeeset
Reset, Shmeeset

It would be an understatement to say US-Russian relations have hit a low point. Not a Cuban Missile Crisis or even a 1980 Olympic Boycott sort of low point. More like a US bombing of Belgrade or Russian sleeper spies discovered in America sort of low point.

Tags: russia, united states, obama, putin, foreign relations
Watch out for that bear
Watch out for that bear!

Today I stumbled across an interesting article online. At first I thought it should be filed in the "someone is trying to stir the Cold War pot again" but then I read on...

Tags: putin, economy, metro, moscow, spies
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda
Plagiarism, Perevody and Propaganda

Two stories out of Russia this weekend reinforced the stereotype that Russian entities (a) don't respect copyrights, yet (b) do value propaganda.

Tags: copyright, ketchum, kremlin
It Takes Guts
It Takes Guts

A recent letter that the editors of Russian Life received from one of its respected readers was directed at Mikhail Ivanov and one of his “Survival Russian” columns. We felt it deserved a longer response than space in the magazine allowed.

Tags: putin, dissent, opposition, sobchak, navalny
The Nature of Dissent
The Nature of Dissent

How should we understand current political dissent in Russia? Russian Life publisher Paul Richardson met with long-time Soviet/Russian political dissident Alexander Skobov to get his views on what is going on in Russia and where things are headed.

Tags: dissent, politics