Amanda Shirnina

Amanda Shirnina is a historian and editor living in St. Petersburg. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Cornell University in 2020. Her dissertation, After "Walrussia": American, Russian, Canadian, and Japanese Fur Seals between Empires, 1867-1911, combines marine environmental history and foreign relations history with a focus on U.S.-Russia relations. Originally from rural Michigan, Amanda first lived in Russia in 2005 as a study abroad student in Nizhny Novgorod, returning in 2017 to conduct archival research for her Ph.D. She quickly decided not to leave. Between 2005 and 2017, Russian Life magazine fed her obsession with all things Rus.


The One Where "Friends" Is Big in Russia (The Blog)
The Art of the Fall (The Russia File)
Grinches, GPS Art, and Gordon Ramsay (The Russia File)
Don't Know Russian Jack? (The Blog)
Say What?! Britain Had Plan to Smuggle Last Tsar's Family Out (The Russia File)
Weak Stomachs, Romanov Reboot, and Ciao to 2021 (The Russia File)
The Queen of Graffiti Hearts (The Russia File)
Phallic-Shaped Ice Rinks, Flying Dyed Morozes, and Frightening Elevators (The Russia File)
Fyodor in Florence (The Russia File)
Bunkers, Beglov, and Bad Weather (The Russia File)
What a Gap Year (The Russia File)
Yappy, Gigolos, and Timofei Chalamov (The Russia File)
Evil Etsy, Nutcracker Shortages, and Rudolph on His Way (The Russia File)
Free Villi (The Russia File)
Get Your Freeze On (The Russia File)
Spy Rocks, Scent of a Man, and Lump of Coal (The Russia File)
Catherine the Great Wants You to Get Vaccinated (The Russia File)
Space News, Scam Salmon Caviar, and Electric Cars (The Russia File)
I Know Why Dostoyevsky Is Emotionally Overwhelming (The Blog)
Birchpunk, an Internet Gift (The Russia File)
Murmurating, Toothless Sherlock Holmes, and "Own Goal" (The Russia File)
Russia to Launch Digital Ruble (The Russia File)
Spider-Man, Siberian Tigers, and Sputnik V (The Russia File)
A Not-Comprehensive List of Dostoyevsky 200th Events (The Russia File)
Planking, Police Play Squid Game, and "Plus-Sized" Models (The Russia File)
Is Dostoyevsky Still Alive? (November/December 2021)
The Best Dostoyevsky Artwork at the Russian Museum (The Russia File)
Reindeer, Restaurant Overload, and the Best Taxi Drivers in All the Russias (The Russia File)
Defending a Mural to the Death (The Russia File)
Message in a Bottle, Moscow Canal Blockage, and Mother of 22 (The Russia File)
A New Spin on an Old Painting (The Russia File)
Tractors in Tomsk, TikTok, and Space Movies (The Russia File)
A Rare Royal Romanov Wedding (The Russia File)
Giant Pumpkins, Giant Trash Piles, and Micro-Apartments (The Russia File)
Faster Than a Speeding Sapsan (The Russia File)
Mysterious Mice, Marketing Cats, and Fake Scorpions (The Russia File)
Remembering Yaroslavl's Lost Hockey Team (The Russia File)
Hero Cats, Bizarre Voters, and Roscosmos (The Russia File)
Worthy of Aivazovsky's Brush (The Blog)
Calling Everyone Whose Russian Pronunciation Stinks (The Russia File)
Pumpkins, Medieval Renaissance Festivals, and Cattle Stealing (The Russia File)
Don't Forget Your Flowers and Bows (The Russia File)
Awkward Signs, Awkward Videos, and Awkward Communists (The Russia File)
Russia's Olympic Bid (The Russia File)
Going Postal, Falling in Rivers, and Surviving Crimean Vacation (The Russia File)
Russia Turns Thirty (The Russia File)
Little Wanderers, Watery Kasha, and Flower Bouquets (The Russia File)
Four Russian Treasures in North America (The Blog)
Seal Friends, Soviet Sunbathing, and Secrets of Moscow (The Russia File)
Wild Weather and Wildfires (The Russia File)
Not-Russia's Final Medal Tally (The Russia File)
Borscht, Bears, and Birthday Surprises (The Russia File)
Facepay, Tots in College, and Twisties (The Russia File)
Are You Ready for Some... Football? (The Russia File)
Travel the Motherland (The Russia File)
Chefs, Cockroaches, and Cat Cafes (The Russia File)
Anchors Far Away (The Russia File)
IKEA, Invasive Species, and Cat Kidney Transplants (The Russia File)
Finding Her Russian Roots (The Blog)
Russians Play Crucial Role in NHL Championship (The Russia File)
Robodogs, Space Movies, and Skydiving (The Russia File)
Tourism for Tykes (The Russia File)
Animals, Animals, Animals... and Faking Your Own Kidnapping (The Russia File)
Russia's Anomalous Zones (The Russia File)
Sandwiches, Suitcases, and Swaddling Clothes (The Russia File)
Soccer Takes Over St. Petersburg (The Russia File)
Aeroflot, Achilles, and Alushta (The Russia File)
A Russophile Picks St. Petersburg (The Blog)
Moscow Metro Goes Big (The Russia File)
Apparitions, Animals, and Cannabis (The Russia File)
Inbreeding Animals, Escaping Arrestees, and Zhiguli Is Back (The Russia File)
Russia Goes Running (The Russia File)
UFOs, Cars, and Steven Seagal's Samurai Sword (The Russia File)
Quadruplets, Stickers, and Jellyfish in Your Pants (The Russia File)
Peter the Great's Sandbox (The Russia File)
Icebreaker Unearthed (The Russia File)
KHL Victor Crowned (The Blog)
Teletubbies, TikTok Tinder, and TikTok Mayor (The Russia File)
Russian-Canadian Now 27-Year-Old Billionaire (The Russia File)
Victory Day, Vaccination Drives, and Mass Marriage (The Russia File)
Happy Birthday to Russia's Quirkiest Pop Icon (The Russia File)
The Tsar with the Dragon Tattoo (The Russia File)
Pelmeni, Rogue Rivers, and Military Bands (The Russia File)
Not-Russia Does Great Figure Skating (The Blog)
Dracula's Castle, Trains, and Porta-Potties (The Russia File)
Centenarian Ship Weathers Every Storm (The Russia File)
Astronaut Food, Monsieur Tussauds, and a Four-Day Workweek (The Russia File)
Another One Bites the Dust (The Russia File)
"The Silver Skates" on the Silver Screen (The Russia File)
Play-Doh, Vaccinated Pets, and Irish Whiskey (The Russia File)
Earth Hour, Eurovision, and Eggs (The Russia File)
Mines from Aluminum to Crypto (The Russia File)
Change Your Default Mouth Position (The Blog)
Take a Deep Breath and Go Diving with Alexei Molchanov (The Russia File)
Barbies, Oral Health, and Squirrels (The Russia File)
Coming Up Roses (The Russia File)
Star Wars, Speedos, and Superstars (The Russia File)
Draining the Tanks (The Russia File)
Waterfowl, Ice-Fishing Cats, and Hermetic Sealing (The Russia File)
Lesser-Known Art of the Siege of Leningrad On Display (The Russia File)
Poisonous Furniture, Rugs, and Rail Carts (The Russia File)
New Life Breathed into the Museum of Hockey (The Blog)
Get Your Cold War On (The Russia File)
A Bizarre Wedding, Northern Creatures, and Fake Fabergés (The Russia File)
Dyatlov Pass Conspiracy Theories Laid to Rest... Or Not? (The Russia File)
Sputnik Rap, Dolls, and Animal Skulls (The Russia File)
Christopher Plummer's Last Station (The Russia File)
Sports, Sleep, and the State Duma (The Russia File)
Culture Is Back in 2021 (Whether the Pandemic Is Over or Not) (The Russia File)
The Zoo Animals Who Outlasted the Hermitage Cats (The Russia File)
Moskvarium: Making a Splash at VDNKh (The Blog)
The Kingdom of Eternal Permafrost (The Russia File)
Speedos in January (The Russia File)
Netflix Loves Russia's Beloved Sergei Bodrov, Jr. (The Russia File)

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