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We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.Read More
A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.Read More
Where we take you back in time to the collapse of the Soviet Union, through press and reportage as it unfolded at the time.Read More
Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.Read More
Who was Rasputin? Why has his name become synonymous with the idea that the Russian monarchy was doomed? That is a mystery worth exploring today, on the 100th anniversary of his murder.Read More
Yulia Sulzhenko takes us to her hometown, Tyumen, Siberia's western capital, and the oil and gas capital of Russia.Read More
Photographer, painter, designer, and more, Alexander Rodchenko (born December 5, 1891) worked at the intersection of innovative art and radical politics. Here are 14 of his works.Read More
Vasily Kandinsky was a renowned abstract artist whose shapes and colors revolutionized twentieth-century modernist art. Here are 11 of his paintings in honor of his 150th.Read More
Photographer Oksana Yushko offers us a poignant look at Beslan, 12 years after the horrific tragedy there.Read More
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...Read More
America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.Read More
The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from the mausoleum on Red Square on October 31, 1961. It may not be as spooky as Halloween, but the former leader still haunts Russia today.Read More
On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.Read More
On September 29-30, 1941, Nazi troops shot over 33,000 Jews at the edge of the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev. Yevgeny Yevtushenko's poem memorializing the tragedy ensures it will never be forgotten.Read More
Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way.Read More
Why are calendars so great? Give me a few minutes, and I will blow your mind.Read More
Sixty years ago, bureaucrats and journalists on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain came to a remarkable agreement that led to the founding of Russian Life...Read More
Kefir is the most popular fermented milk in Russia. But it did not get there overnight. Kefir and Russia have a long history...Read More
Twenty-five years later, we take a look back at the August 19 coup attempt in Russia. Led by the Gang of Eight, men who owed their political careers to Mikhail Gorbachev, the coup plotters were attempting to restore dictatorship in the ailing Soviet Union.Read More
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