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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
Moscow
Moscow

Ekaterina Klyueva takes us to the capital, the center of empire, a city everyone knows but no one every sees in full: Moscow!

Tags: Moscow, architecture, urban
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
Chuvashia
Chuvashia

Ivan Mikhailov takes us deep into the heart of Chuvashia and its capital city of Cheboksary.

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
Grozny
Grozny

This week, we visit Grozny with local journailst Khava Khasmagomadova.

Tags: Grozny, Chechnya, photography
Irkutsk Oblast
Irkutsk Oblast

Elena Anosova takes us on a tour of Irkutsk and Irkutsk Oblast. Lake Baikal is only a part of it!

Tags: Irkutsk, Siberia, Baikal
Adygeya
Adygeya

Nina Zotina shows us around her home republic: Adygeya.

Tags: Adygeya, Caucasus
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
Mtsensk
Mtsensk

Pavel Byrkin is a photo editor in Mtsensk, south of Moscow. This is his view of his city.

Tags: Mtsensk, Turgenev, Leskov
Petrozavodsk
Petrozavodsk

Igor Podgorny is a geology teacher in Petrozavodsk, but he is also an expert wildlife and landscape photographer.

Tags: photography, Karelia, Petrozavodsk, wildlife, nature
Best Destinations of 2015
Best Destinations of 2015

The leading travel company shares with us their nine best Instagram photos from their fascinating destinations. 

Tags: travel, photography, Instagram
Salt and Loathing in St. Petersburg
Salt and Loathing in St. Petersburg

Why are St. Petersburg residents cheering the city's new approach to snow removal?

Tags: St. Petersburg, winter
Blagoveshchensk
Blagoveshchensk

Igor Ageyenko, 29, lives in Blagoveshchensk. This week he offers us a tour of his city, plus a few other places in the Amur oblast.

Tags: Russian Far East, Blagoveshchensk, BAM
Krasnoyarsk Krai
Krasnoyarsk Krai

Elena Chernyshova, 34, lives in Norilsk. She sends us pictures of this mining town, as well as the Siberian city of Kodinsk.

Tags: Norilsk, Kodinsk, Siberia, mining
Join Us. Get a Book.
Join Us. Get a Book.

Why can’t we get along with Russia long term, nor can Russia seem to long enjoy our company? Our Spine of Russia project aims to find out.

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
Kremlin Words Versus Deeds, A Gaping Chasm?
Kremlin Words Versus Deeds, A Gaping Chasm?

Russia's occupation of Crimea, part of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, is wrong. It is wrong under international law, it is in violation of several treaties Russia has with Ukraine and the West, and it is even wrong according to Russia's own foreign policy "principles." So why did it happen?

Tags: Ukraine, Putin, Crimea, Russia, foreign policy
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
9 Myths About Travel to Russia
9 Myths About Travel to Russia

Is Russia a dangerous, expensive, complicated place to travel to? Is it full of mafia, alcoholics, communists and poverty? Sounds like it's time to debunk some myths about travel to modern Russia.

Tags: travel, safety, myths