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19 January 2018


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January 18

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Darkness descends on Moscow, a cry for help ascends to the sky, and a foreign agent stays exactly where it is. Also huskies and ancient teeth.

January 17

By Bob Blaisdell

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

January 11

By The Editors

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.


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Featured Events

A few events outside Russia that are of interest to Russophiles. See the full list.


Russian Fantasy featuring Chad Hoopes, Violin, Nikolay Khozyainov, Piano, with The Symphonia, Boca Raton and conductor, Constantine Kitsopoulos


This exhibition is devoted to work produced by the leading members of the Soviet nonconformist art movement.


This beautifully illustrated interactive presentation by Marina Forbes will feature the history of Matryoshka nested doll making in Russia.


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The documentary film for our Children of 1917 project has been released! Watch the trailer and pre-order streaming access now.


Featured Stories

A few of our most popular items. See all stories.

November 18

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Don't be fooled: the old man with a white beard and red coat is not Santa Claus. It's Grandfather Frost! Learn how to tell the two apart with this handy list.

July 1

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

How many characters are in Tolstoy's War and Peace? Could it have been any shorter? Did Tolstoy himself love it or hate it? Find out the answers to these – and more! – que...

November 18

By Letitia Rydjeski

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.


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