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Russian Life Online

Each week we publish several online only stories about Russian life, history, society and events. To find articles of interest, you may browse past articles with the category links above, scan the listing of recent stories below, browse the full archive, or use the search bar at right. To get a crisp, weekly email update of all stories we published in the past week, plus a FREE email subscription to our popular The Weekly Russia File, use our easy subscription form.

Recent Stories

December 2

By Paul E. Richardson

We were excited to learn that one of our authors, Peter Aleshkovsky, was awarded the 2016 Russian Booker Prize, arguably Russia's most prestigous literary prize. 

December 1

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Should ice dancing with a Holocaust theme be totally taboo, or can it be done with respect? That and Fidel Castro, Siberian cats, and a few fish puns. 

November 29

By Oksana Yushko

Photographer Oksana Yushko offers us a poignant look at Beslan, 12 years after the horrific tragedy there.


November 24

By Alice E.M. Underwood

We thank our readers for another year of living, loving, and learning about Russian life. With some extra pictures and cultural exploration to keep you grateful.

November 22

By Svetlana Tarasova

Photographer Svetlana Tarasova takes us to the heart of Russia: Kaluga. Here, along the Oka River,  the Russian space program began. 

November 19

By Letitia Rydjeski

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...


November 18

By Letitia Rydjeski

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

November 17

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A group of humanitarian clowns is set to conquer sadness in Russia. Whether they can also combat corruption, questionable legal cases, and adorable baby foxes is another matter.

November 15

By Sergei Karpov

Sergei Karpov was born and raised in Volgograd, which he calls "the most depressing of Russia's million-resident cities."


November 11

By Alice E.M. Underwood

In honor of the writer's 195th birthday, here are 10 quotes to celebrate the life and writings of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. They may not be cheerful, but they sure are profound.

November 10

By Alice E.M. Underwood

The news in the U.S. is news for Russia, too. Here's how Russians are thinking about a Trump presidency – and it involves cats and burgers, as well as political ponderings. 

November 8

By Irina Novikova

Irina Novikova explains the resilience of Smolensk, its legends, ghosts, churches and fortress. Oh, and why people stop by a city park to stroke the genitals of a bronze deer.