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Posts related to special book projects and other article series of interest.

Video of the Week

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Short Film: Anya

Short Film: Anya

A touching, short, CGI animated film looks at 20 years in the life of a Russian orphan.

FOOD STORIES

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From Tvorog to Protests

From Tvorog to Protests

Natalia was raised between downtown St. Petersburg and a small village. She is passionate about sharing all aspects of Russian life: both the good and the bad.  
Shurpa: Gulnaz's Taste of Home

Shurpa: Gulnaz's Taste of Home

Gulnaz has lived in many places: the Siberian North, St. Petersburg, Georgia, and Moscow. And shurpa has been with her wherever she went.
From the Urals to San Francisco

From the Urals to San Francisco

Olga was born one year after the collapse of the USSR, but she witnessed both scarcity and communal living. Optimism and creativity have served her well.    
A thirst for travel... and kefir

A thirst for travel... and kefir

Leo started traveling as a young man. Upon emigrating, he traveled around the world twice, and has been to 120 countries. At 84, he yearns for more.

Piter's People

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Piter's People – Natalia Kapiturova

Piter's People – Natalia Kapiturova

We begin a new project, in which readers meet regular St. Petersburgers, to learn about their lives and their favorite places in the Northern Palmyra. First up: coffee!
Piter's People – Nikolay Predtechensky

Piter's People – Nikolay Predtechensky

St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 as a port on the Baltic Sea, and about 10% of its surface area is water. So we meet a boat rental company owner and find out the best place for pizza in the city.
Piter's People - Katya Kotlyar

Piter's People - Katya Kotlyar

Graphic designer, traveler, instagram explorer, Katya Kotlyar knows her home city inside out, and sees it as an artist would, as a beautiful backdrop for living.

Everyday Russia

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Kemerovo

Kemerovo

Constantin Fedin takes us to the mining capital of Western Siberia: Kemerovo.
Kandalaksha

Kandalaksha

Teacher Ilona Isayeva shares with us some of the charms of Kandalaksha, a small industrial town on the White Sea.
Tver

Tver

Olga Titova takes us to Tver, a main city located between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a land of candles and goats, bridges and rivers.
Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Maria Plotnikova acquaints us with Tchaikovsky. No, not the composer, the town named for him in Siberia's Perm Krai.

The Children of 1917

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Minsk – City for Giants

Minsk – City for Giants

Minsk is a city built for giants. And it is where we met a great soul, Maria Fyodorovna Rylik, who dedicated her life to teaching and her family.
A Finnish Finish

A Finnish Finish

Our last stop on the Children of 1917 expedition was Finland, namely Tampere, the country's second largest city, where we met our final two heroes.

Russian Patriots

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Leonid Baluyev

Leonid Baluyev

Blacksmith, Novaya Ladoga I am not a patriot. I am a Jehovah’s Witness. I serve God.
Marina Kozlova

Marina Kozlova

Jurist, single mother, mother of Lev and Marta, Moscow I cannot call myself a patriot. I believe [the author Sergei] Dovlatov said something about uniting people on the basis of nationality or the place where they live – that it is at the very least stupid. People should unite around and be proud of other sorts of things. I am not a patriot.
Ksenia Tsukareva

Ksenia Tsukareva

Deputy Director for Marketing and PR, Sochi Hockey Club I can call myself a patriot, because I am committed to my family, my business. I give my full 100 percent not because that is what is needed, but because that is what I want. Because I truly believe that if it comes from within, then it is much stronger than any affixed stamp of citizenship or responsibility. Patriotism is that which comes from within.
Alexandra Turchenkova

Alexandra Turchenkova

Vocal student at the Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow I am now am studying in the Gnesin Academy, an academy which has a really huge musical tradition. And for a musician, there should be no limits, a musician should create and be capable of expressing herself. And I, of course, am lucky to have been born in Russia, and to know Russian, to be able to interpret Russian music, because I can feel it. I feel that the main patriotism of a musician is to be able to perform Russian music. But, of course, to always seek to widen her horizons and be engaged in music more generally, that is in its broadest sense.

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