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Reflecting on Shishkin
May 01, 2013

Reflecting on Shishkin

By Maya Kucherskaya

A reflection on the place of writers in Putin's Russia, through the lens of writer Mikhail Shishkin's refusal to take part in further government literary junkets.

One Adoption Story
March 01, 2013

One Adoption Story

By Natasha Potts

With American adoption of Russian children outlawed and the Duma hyping tragic stories of adoptees who have died in the US, we decided it was time to hear one of the "good" stories from the 60,000 American adoptees.

After the Waters Receded
September 01, 2012

After the Waters Receded

By Tamara Eidelman

Over 100 people died in flash floods in the southern city of Krymsk. The disaster was both preventable and criminal. But it still needed to be cleaned up. Russian Life's history editor Tamara Eidelman was there and provides this first hand account of the aftermath of the disaster.

The Blessing of Language
July 01, 2012

The Blessing of Language

By Maya Kucherskaya

In early June, a noisy, colorful band landed in Manhattan: Thirty Russian authors, two dozen publishers, as many journalists, and half as many organizers.

Waiting for Miracles
January 01, 2012

Waiting for Miracles

By Maya Kucherskaya

Exactly why did so many Russians wait on line for hours, sometimes days, to see an ancient relic visiting Christ the Savior Cathedral in November? Maya Kucherskaya has some ideas.

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