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August 25

By Alice E.M. Underwood

It's a tough week for transport in Russia, with a tractor parade, a smugglers' road, a bear on the loose, and an unwieldy matryoshka to top it all off.

August 23

Constantin Fedin takes us to the mining capital of Western Siberia: Kemerovo.

August 22

By Philip Seifi

Kefir is the most popular fermented milk in Russia. But it did not get there overnight. Kefir and Russia have a long history...


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By Eugenia Sokolskaya

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