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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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December 10

By Alice E.M. Underwood

There's plenty of talk about how Russia is dark and dismal, its writers pathologically depressed, and the general mood among the populace about as cheery as a Siberian winter. These stereotypes giv...

January 10

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misr...

July 25

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Everyone in the Soviet Union knew his songs, despite constant censorship and troubles with the Soviet regime. To this day, any Russian will recognize his raspy singing voice and silly falsetto. But...