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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

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...


August 19

By The Editors

Twenty-five years later, we take a look back at the August 19 coup attempt in Russia. Led by the Gang of Eight, men who owed their political careers to Mikhail Gorbachev, the coup plotters were att...

August 18

By Alice E.M. Underwood

The opening of the Kremlin, the mysterious ways of the nooscope, Hare Krishnas, and why Michael Phelps decided to defect to the Russian Olympic team. 

August 17

By The Editors

It's been over two decades since the coup of August 1991, and only half of Russians remember it. But that's not all...


August 16

Irina Yemets takes us north on the Golden Ring to visit the colorful town of Kostroma, hometown of the Romanovs and Snegurochka.

August 11

By Alice E.M. Underwood

The Olympics are under way! With them, new moves in Turkish-Russian relations, a Putin-voiced documentary, and the dangerous force of Russiaphobia. Also cats. 

August 9

Tatiana Solovyova lives in Kolomna, in the southern part of Moscow Oblast. She invites us along for a visit.


August 4

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Why some Russians would rather vote for a fictional candidate, the importance of a Cossack education, and some artsy graffiti along the way. 

August 3

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Fazil Iskander, a missile in the world of Soviet literature, passed away on July 31. Here are five of his pearls of wisdom on humor, science, politics, Stalin, and the Russian soul.

August 2

Anton Podgayko left Moscow for Pyatigorsk in order to shoot in the Caucusus. He takes us along.