Forced to retire from the entertainer’s life at an early age, Victor turned the world into his stage.
In which an artist tries to get out of a job illustrating a brochure and ends up getting sucked into a Pushkin meme vortex.
“Pushkin is our everything,” Russians like to say. And sometimes it seems like he was everywhere.
Even when you do a good deed, you need to pay attention, or you may chart a new road to humility.
There was a time when literary journals ruled Russian intellectual life. That time has passed.
On the eastern tip of Crimea is a mysterious, salty lake. We take you there.
Nestled up against the US border with Canada there is an unusually high concentration of Russian-
Americans. This requires some investigation...
There is never a shortage of political-cultural land mines on which to trod when one’s brief is to cover all things Russian.
After years of threatening to ban cheap dormitory-like hostels and any other accomodation in residential buildings, Russian lawmakers have approved a measure that could cause many private individuals to stop renting out beds, driving up lodging costs for young travelers.
Other assorted items from around the Russian world.
An excerpt from the fine new novel Zuleikha, by Guzel Yakhina, about a woman's survival in Siberia exile, inspired by childhood memories of the author's grandmother.
A poem from the new volume Alcestis of the Underworld, by a regular translator of works published by Russian Life Books.
"A classical authoritarian power... does not pay that much attention to what the population thinks, and when it does, this attention is usually limited to a bunch of platitudes loudly proclaimed as the official ideology..."
In the spring of 1989, elections were held: “alternative elections.” This redundant phrase, which today provokes smirks, back then had everyone in a state of euphoria. We had a choice!
Today, now that the huge dome of St. Isaac’s towers over the center of the city, not far from the granite embankment, the sumptuous Senate and Synod Building, and the iconic Bronze Horseman statue, it is hard to imagine that in its first incarnation this church was much smaller and located on the Admiralty Meadow.
In early May, everyone is feeling exhausted after a long, vitamin-deprived winter: schoolchildren are dragging themselves to the June 1 school-year finish line, and their parents are just starting to recover from the cold, dark winter. That’s when the holidays hit.
In early March, when Moscow is still buried under more than a meter of snow and people are buried under many inches of fur and heavy wool, there is nothing more annoying than Instagram photos of daffodils, forsythia and cherry blossom buds.
In which we use one of the most beloved songs from a classic film to make some points about genitive case. Get singing!
Paul Robeson, the American singer and actor and a political activist, had a cake named after him in Russia.
A photograph captured in 2018 in Red Square captures the moment with beauty and finesse.
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