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. She is currently preparing her dissertation manuscript, After "Walrussia": American, Russian, Canadian, and Japanese Fur Seals between Empires, 1867-1911, for book publication. Originally from rural Michigan, she 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 soon decided she couldn’t leave. In between trips to Russia, Russian Life magazine fed her obsession with all things Rus.

Stories

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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