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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

August 16

By Irina Bukharin

This week gives us a plethora of emotions: shame in Samara, excitement in Tomsk, and a bit of both in Moscow.

August 9

By Irina Bukharin

This is the crime-filled Russia you’ve always heard about, including a cat smuggling drugs and railroad theft.

August 2

By Irina Bukharin

Everybody receives a lift, from a stranded hiker, to the planet, to two boys who are actually doing just fine.


July 26

By Irina Bukharin

It was a busy week in Russia: another round of pension protests, a pilgrimage for the Romanovs, and oh, the devil is working his magic.

July 19

By Irina Bukharin

Shed a tear for our last World Cup TWERF, in which we finally learn about the Romanovs and feel the wrath of nature.

July 17

By Linda DeLaine

Who really killed the Romanovs? Read about the survivors of the royal household.


July 12

By Irina Bukharin

What’s out of this world? Russia’s performance in the World Cup, a Russian cargo ship, and showers in Samara!

July 5

By Irina Bukharin

As Americans celebrate their Independence Day, Russia may have gained a new national holiday as well: the day they beat Spain in the World Cup.

July 1

By Paul E. Richardson

Online media is rife with problems, and, as a result, it largely gets Russia wrong. You can help us change that.


June 28

By Irina Bukharin

This week Russia lost but isn’t out yet; football fans, amazingly, spread cheer across Russia; and a storm reminds us of the world outside.

June 21

By Irina Bukharin

Russia wins its first two World Cup games and Jeff Monson is running for CIty Council in Krasnogorsk. Does life get better than this?

June 14

By Irina Bukharin

Is it football or soccer? Either way, TWERF prepares for the start of the World Cup by examining Russia’s chances (not great), while still paying attention to a few other stories before the m...