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24 March 2017


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History

The past is prologue.

March 16, 2017
Meet Four Russian Centenarians
By Paul E. Richardson

Meet Four Russian Centenarians

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

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Tags: history, women, 1917
March 14, 2017
Tomsk
By Vladimir Dudarev

Tomsk

Vladimir Dudarev takes us to Siberia's wooden architecture and university capital, Tomsk.

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March 8, 2017
International Women's Day: A Look Back
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

International Women's Day: A Look Back

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

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Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
March 7, 2017
Saratov
Saratov

Elena Kotova takes us to the streets, beaches, yoga studios and parks of Saratov, a city on the Volga.

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Tags: arctic, White Sea
March 4, 2017
Who are you in 1917 Russia?
By The Editors

Who are you in 1917 Russia?

Take the Political Compass of the Revolution test and find out who you would have been 100 years ago – an Anarchist, a Cadet, a Right SR, a Bolshevik or a member of the Black Hundreds.

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February 28, 2017
Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad

Alexander Podgorchuk takes us to Russia's westernmost city, Kaliningrad.

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Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 23, 2017
Revolution!
By Tamara Eidelman

Revolution!

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

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Tags: revolution, February Revolution, 1917
February 21, 2017
Pskov
Pskov

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

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Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 15, 2017
Kandalaksha
By Ilona Isayeva

Kandalaksha

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

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Tags: arctic, White Sea
February 10, 2017
Veliky Novgorod
By Irina Mordasova

Veliky Novgorod

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

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Tags: Veliky Novgorod, Rurik
January 31, 2017
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia

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. 

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Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
January 31, 2017
Novosibirsk
By Anton Karliner

Novosibirsk

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

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Tags: Siberia
January 25, 2017
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery

Today marks the 185th birthday of the artist Ivan Shishkin, whose paintings evoke Russia's beauty and vastness. With a nickname like "Forest Tsar," his trees must be good.

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Tags: Russia, Shishkin, painting, art, Peredvizhniki, realism
January 9, 2017
Most Popular Stories of 2016
By The Editors

Most Popular Stories of 2016

We mined our website's log to see which blog posts were most popular with visitors last year. Here's the list.

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Tags: Best of, Russian Life
January 7, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Middling
By Alexander Mozhaev

The Good, the Bad, and the Middling

A tour of ten distinctive Moscow monuments that goes a long way to summarizing the state of the art in Russia today.

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Tags: Moscow, art, monuments
December 26, 2016
The End of the USSR
By Tamara Eidelman

The End of the USSR

Where we take you back in time to the collapse of the Soviet Union, through press and reportage as it unfolded at the time.

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Tags: USSR, Gorbachev, Soviet Union
December 19, 2016
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev
By Alice E.M. Underwood

10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev

Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.

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Tags: Brezhnev, Soviet Union, USSR, Stagnation
December 16, 2016
Ra-ra-Rasputin
By Tamara Eidelman

Ra-ra-Rasputin

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.

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Tags: Rasputin, tsars, Romanovs, Revolution
December 13, 2016
Tyumen
By Yulia Sulzhenko

Tyumen

Yulia Sulzhenko takes us to her hometown, Tyumen, Siberia's western capital, and the oil and gas capital of Russia.

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Tags: Siberia, oil, Lenin, rasputin
December 5, 2016
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery
By Alice E.M. Underwood

"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery

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. 

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Tags: Rodchenko, Russia, art, modernism, photography, Soviet Union