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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...

August 20

By The Editors

On the Spine of Russia project, journalists Richardson and Mordasov asked over 40 Russians if they were patriots, and why. Here are some of their responses...


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