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November 19, 2016
Famous People Who Studied Russian
By Letitia Rydjeski

Famous People Who Studied Russian

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...

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Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 18, 2016
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
By Letitia Rydjeski

Famous Americans with Russian Roots

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

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Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
April 6, 2016
What the Panama Papers Mean for Russia: The Basics
By Alice E.M. Underwood

What the Panama Papers Mean for Russia

The Panama Papers shocked the world this week with tales of corruption among the cream of the world's political crop. Here's what the allegations mean for Russian politics, economics, and society.

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Tags: panama papers, politics, economy, corruption, putin, offshore
March 30, 2016
A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)
By Alice E.M. Underwood

A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)

What does it look like when a whole town empties out and there’s nothing but a few decaying buildings to prove anyone lived there at all?

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Tags: russian architecture, ghost towns, monogoroda, churches, ussr, economy, abkhazia, tvarkcheli, solikamsk, monotowns, photography
March 15, 2016
Leningrad Region
By Alexander Solo

Leningrad Region

Alexander Solo is documenting "monotowns" in Russia. He shows us a couple in Leningrad Region, where he lives.

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Tags: factories, urban, Leningrad Region
February 13, 2016
The Long Kiosk Goodbye
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The Long Kiosk Goodbye

The destruction of 97 kiosks around Moscow opens up the controversies of architectural preservation, the plight of small businesses, and the rebuilding of history itself. 

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Tags: moscow, metro, business, russian architecture, politics, economy, kiosks
August 30, 2015
Did Stakhanov Act Alone?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Did Stakhanov Act Alone?

Alexei Stakhanov mined 102 tons of coal in under 6 hours, sparking the Stakhanovite movement. But did he really do it all by himself, by his own initiative? The son of a miner from Blagoveshchensk recalls evidence of unnamed assistants and fishy bureaucratic orders.
 

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Tags: soviet union, stalin, stakhanov, stakhanovite
February 3, 2015
Who's Out to Get Russia?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Who's Out to Get Russia?

As oil prices drop, the Russian economy finds itself facing an ever bleaker future. Is someone targeting Russia? Russian bloggers weigh in.

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Tags: oil, russia, blog
December 17, 2014
Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy
By Paul E. Richardson

Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy

World oil prices are plummeting, the ruble is in free fall, the Russian economy is on the brink of a recession, inflation is climbing, and the Russian Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate has jumped to 17 percent. Meanwhile, President Putin still has popularity ratings in the 80 percent range and there is, seemingly, no panic in the streets of Moscow. What is going on? What is Putin’s game? 

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September 15, 2013
Why is This Cab Glowing?
By Masha Egupova

Why is This Cab Glowing?

After a deadly tsunami hit Japan in 2011, followed by the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, the port of Vladivostok received a number of radioactive cars. Two years later, radioactive car parts are still arriving in Russia. Outrageously, Russian customs authorities have had to detain and send back to Japan over 930 radioactive cars since 2011.

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Tags: trade, Vladivostok, Siberia, environment
August 15, 2013
Watch out for that bear
By Paul E. Richardson

Watch out for that bear!

Today I stumbled across an interesting article online. At first I thought it should be filed in the "someone is trying to stir the Cold War pot again" but then I read on...

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Tags: putin, economy, metro, moscow, spies
October 5, 2011
What Would Steve Do?
By Paul E. Richardson

What Would Steve Do?

How to explain the feeling of sadness and loss that overcame me, as it did many others at hearing the new of Steve Job's death? I think it is simply that we have lost a visionary, a modern prophet, someone who changed the way we see the world. And when the world loses someone like that, especially when they are so young, it feels like the world has lost a bit of its future...

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Tags: steve jobs
October 30, 2008
How to Fail at Business While Remaining Truly Russian
By Paul E. Richardson

Saw an entry from Stanislav Mishin's Mat Rodina Blog, when it was posted to Johnson's List. A superb and well-argued summary of several things Russian business people need to attent to if they want to do business with the West. 

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Tags: customs, business
February 1, 2006
Cell Phone Mania
By Maria Kolesnikova

A look at the astonishing rise in cell phone use in Russia. One report indicates that over 60% of Russians now have cell phones, versus just 25% two years ago.

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May 24, 2005
Russian Email Habits
By Maria Kolesnikova

Why is it that Russians don't answer email? We explore this conundrum, and whether it has some roots in Russian business or personal culture.

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Tags: communication, etiquette