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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

February 23

By Tamara Eidelman

On February 23, 1917 the Revolution came to Petrograd. The Tsar abdicated and a long year of turmoil and political upheaval lie ahead...

February 21

Accomplished photographer Dmitry Markov takes us on a tour of Pskov, "Where Russia Begins."

February 17

By Paul E. Richardson

We are excited to announce our next big project: Time Travel! And we'll document it with a book and a movie!


February 16

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Convicts carve up the Kremlin, an assassin wins a prize, and governors drop like flies. Actually, that all sounds a lot worse than what happened. Find out for yourself. 

February 15

By Research Department

As the FBI investigation deepens into Trump-Kremlin ties, we thought it would be useful – a public service, really – to provide some handy tips on spotting Russian spies.

February 15

By Ilona Isayeva

Teacher Ilona Isayeva shares with us some of the charms of Kandalaksha, a small industrial town on the White Sea.


February 10

By Irina Mordasova

Journalist Irina Mordasova and photographer Konstantin Chalabov give us a tour of Veliky Novgorod, a history lover's paradise.

February 9

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A Buddhist monastery in the mountains fights one millionaire, and Kiribati's islands welcome another one. There's also exorcism, the Facebook of 1917, and general happiness. 

February 2

By Alice E.M. Underwood

A polar bear travels the world, a historian serves up the Rhyme of Troubles, the Kremlin gets a new alien, and Presidents Putin and Trump get along by the skin of their teeth. 


January 31

By Alice E.M. Underwood

In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation. ...

January 31

By Anton Karliner

Photographer Anton Karliner explains why trains, a metro bridge, and World War II have a place in Novosibirsk history.

January 26

By Alice E.M. Underwood

Adapting to life in Russia? Comic books. Craving cuteness? Piglets getting saved from a fire. Not Russian enough for you? Ice swimming. And for good measure, zombies.