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24 February 2018


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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

February 22

By Irina Bukharin

Traditional celebrations like Maslenitsa are accompanied by new ones, like Chinese New Year. The party never stops!

February 15

By Irina Bukharin

A Russian national tragedy is softened by stories of a skating grandmother and small children in the snow.

February 8

By Irina Bukharin

Punxsutawney Phil ordered six more weeks of winter for the States, but the weather is getting much weirder in Russia: record-breaking snow and locusts, to start with. 


February 7

By Paul E. Richardson

Today, we officially put to print the book for our Children of 1917 project: Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution.

February 1

By Irina Bukharin

Russians practice their rights: heated debate, voting in North Korea, and not getting any more survey calls. 

January 26

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Join Earth's first non-Earthbound nation, get an art lesson with a side of Molotov cocktail, and learn about lusty leopards. 


January 18

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Darkness descends on Moscow, a cry for help ascends to the sky, and a foreign agent stays exactly where it is. Also huskies and ancient teeth.

January 17

By Bob Blaisdell

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

January 11

By The Editors

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.


December 31

By Alice E.M. Underwood

For our final TWERF of 2017, we look back and re-share some of our favorite stories from 2017. They may not be the most note-worthy or news-worthy stories, but we felt they were the most fun.

December 21

By Alice E.M. Underwood

What a Russian holiday looks like, the Romanovs go to The Gambia, and why secret police are extra special around the holidays. All that, and Russia's most popular cats. 

December 14

By Alice E.M. Underwood

An art exhibit proves once and for all that Putin is a superhero. Plus, World Cup counterfeits, how Russian media monitoring works, and a leopard cub.