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19 November 2018


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Returning to Putorana
Returning to Putorana

We asked Ivan Kobilyakov, whose story on filming wild wolves in Putorana appeared in the Sep/Oct 2014 issue of Russian Life, to give us an update on the project and how filming has gone this summer. He also supplied new photos.

Tags: nature, siberia
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse

What with downed passenger airlines, war in Ukraine, trade embargos and rapidly worsening US-Russian relations, why in the world is there a picture of a giraffe on the cover of Russian Life magazine? 

Tags: war, Ukraine, animals
The First Russian Automobile
The First Russian Automobile

July 14, 1896, is celebrated as the birthday of the Russian automobile – on this day, the first Russian-built motorcar with an internal combustion engine was introduced to the public at the Arts Exhibition in Nizhni Novgorod. 
 

Tags: automobile, cars, inventions
Russia's World Cup Record
Russia's World Cup Record

Russia is not known as a soccer powerhouse. But it does have a devoted fan base and will host the 2018 World Cup. We look back at 1994, the first time Russia qualified for the World Cup and a Russian player made history.

This Just in From Ukraine...
This Just in From Ukraine...

Today is the 401st anniversary of the crowning of the first Romanov Tsar, Mikhail, in 1613, and the end of the "Time of Troubles." This of course has nothing to do with current events. Just thought I'd mention it in passing. 

Tags: Crimea, Putin, united states, cold war
No More Olympics… What Now?
No More Olympics… What Now?

The Sochi Olympic Games are now officially over. Suffering withdrawals? Here are five ideas for how to fill up all your viewing time.

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