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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

October 20

By Alice E.M. Underwood

It's a busy week for technology, what with a Mars lander, more secure Internet, electric cars (in unlikely places), and enough counterfeit money to fill an ATM.

October 18

By Ekaterina Razina

Ekaterina Razina is a wedding photographer in Bryansk. She tells us how the g is pronounced there, and why you want to visit a certain church.

October 14

By Alice E.M. Underwood

On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.

October 13

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A disturbing attack on a renowned author, and a lighthearted nod to an unlikely TV hero. Plus Russian military expansion, raccoons' domestic expansion, and more unlikely art. 

October 12

By Lev Tolstoy

In honor of fall, and Russians' favorite autumnal pastime – mushroom picking – we offer these two short stories by Lev Tolstoy – in both English and Russian!

October 11

By Ramil Sitdikov

Ramil Sitdikov gives us a tour of his home: Ufa, where the sky meets the water and surprising works of art were found in ancient caves.

October 6

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Patriotic tectonic plates, the threat of airborne Internet, a possible return to the Gulag, and some problems without solutions.  

October 4

By Kristina Brazhnikova

Kristina Brazhnikova, who last week took us around her home city of Voronezh, this week takes us to Uglich.

September 29

By Alice E.M. Underwood

On September 29-30, 1941, Nazi troops shot over 33,000 Jews at the edge of the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev. Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem memorializing the tragedy ensures it will never be for...

September 29

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Spy gadgets get culinary, Putin parks a tank, and a tyke takes on the wilderness. All that, and the spirit of adventure. 

September 27

By Kristina Brazhnikova

Kristina Brazhnikova acquaints us with the southern city of Voronezh, which straddles its reservoir (once a river).

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.