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27 September 2016


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Russian Life Online

Each week we publish several online only stories about Russian life, history, society and events. To find articles of interest, you may browse past articles with the category links above, scan the listing of recent stories below, browse the full archive, or use the search bar at right. To get a crisp, weekly email update of all stories we published in the past week, plus a FREE email subscription to our popular The Weekly Russia File, use our easy subscription form.

Recent Stories

September 25

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way. 

September 22

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Election aftermath, polar bear attacks, why drivers are against Russia's version of Uber, and maybe even a state secret or two. 

September 20

By Anton Unitsyn

Anton Unitsyn takes us to Solvychegodsk, where the Stroganovs got their start (thanks to salt) and where today sulfurous mud reigns supreme.


September 15

By Alice E.M. Underwood

This week brings you not just news, but also striking images of the latest discoveries in natural rock formations and mammoth hunting in Siberia. Also, election season. 

September 13

By Alexander Gaivoron

Alexander Gaivoron and his wife Anastasia took their pre-wedding honeymoon on Kamchatka, land of bears and volcanoes. And they invite us along!

September 8

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Olympics featuring dead goats, world records with feta cheese, blood-red rivers, and how to set up your business in a pit of slime. 


September 7

By Paul E. Richardson

Why are calendars so great? Give me a few minutes, and I will blow your mind.

September 6

Olya Virich takes us to the Kuban, more specifically Krasnodar, the capital of Russia's breadbasket.

September 1

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Performance art turned into meaty meals and politicians turned criminals or corpses. Oh, and Vladimir Putin gets arrested. 


September 1

By Paul E. Richardson

Sixty years ago, bureaucrats and journalists on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain came to a remarkable agreement that led to the founding of Russian Life...

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

Natalia Airiyan leads us on a short visit to Kabardino-Balkaria, in the Caucasus mountains, an area rich in ethnic diversity.