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Russian Life Online

Each week we publish several online-only stories. To find articles of interest, use the category links above to browse past articles, or simply scan the listing of stories below. Or use the search bar below. For a crisp, weekly email update of all stories we publish each week, plus our popular (and remarkably FREE) The Weekly Russia File, use our easy signup form.

Recent Stories

December 13

By Irina Bukharin

This week is all about the places where Russians and new cultural phenomena meet, for better and for worse.

December 6

By Irina Bukharin

This week goes intergalactic with a moon colony, two jedi masters, and several unhappy taxi drivers.

November 29

By Irina Bukharin

We have a trio of uplifting stories this week: a Russian rapper freed, a Russian beauty turned royalty, and a literal (and strange) military lift.


November 26

By The Editors

Even today, 165 years after his birth, Vladimir Gilyarovsky - journalist, poet and writer of prose - is widely revered, especially among Muscovites.

November 23

By Anatoly Liberman

Fyodor Tyutchev (whose 115th birthday is today) was endowed with genius and good luck: a great Russian poet, he was not killed in a duel or in the Caucasus.  Nor did he rot in S...

November 22

By Irina Bukharin

This week we’ve got sweet stories you’ll want as much as that second piece of pie: an injury-free minefield, Ryan Gosling, and dancing police.


November 16

By Tamara Eidelman

On this day 345 years ago, Alexander Menshikov was born into a poor peasant family. No one could have predicted to what heights he would rise.

November 16

By The Editors

This week, the New York Times released a well-researched, well-produced series of three videos on Russian and Soviet disinformation activities against the US and the rest of the world. Eve...

November 15

By Irina Bukharin

This week was a grab bag of jobs well done, tear-jerkers, and meta-scary stories. Buckle up!


November 14

By Olga Ezova-Denisova

Olga Ezova-Denisova explains in words and pictures the complex process behind making her special bear linocut prints for our New Russian Life project.

November 9

By Tamara Eidelman

Everyone in Russia knows the great writer Ivan Turgenev, whose 200th birthday is today, and they make his acquaintance in three stages. 

November 9

By Ivan Turgenev

An excerpt from First Love, which Turgenev called his most autobiographical novel, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy’s infatuation with an older girl.