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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
December 4, 2016
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery

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.

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Tags: Kandinsky, Russia, art, modernism, abstract, abstraction
November 29, 2016
Beslan
By Oksana Yushko

Beslan

Photographer Oksana Yushko offers us a poignant look at Beslan, 12 years after the horrific tragedy there.

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Tags: Beslan, terrorism, Caucasus
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
October 31, 2016
Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween

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.

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Tags: Russia, USSR, Soviet Union, Stalin, Lenin, mausoleum
October 14, 2016
Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral

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.

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Tags: Russia, Moscow, Red Square, st. basil, St. Basil's Cathedral, Pokrovsky Sobor, religion, Ivan IV
September 29, 2016
The Babi Yar Tragedy, Remembered in Poetry
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The Babi Yar Tragedy, Remembered in Poetry

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. 

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Tags: Russia, Babi Yar, Yevtushenko, Evtushenko, Holocaust, WWII, poetry
September 25, 2016
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110

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. 

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Tags: russia, shostakovich, music, composer, soviet union, ussr, stalin, classical
September 7, 2016
No Calendar, No Life
By Paul E. Richardson

No Calendar, No Life

Why are calendars so great? Give me a few minutes, and I will blow your mind.

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Tags: calendar, time, history
September 1, 2016
Yes, We're a Sexagenarian
By Paul E. Richardson

Yes, We're a Sexagenarian

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...

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Tags: history, Russian Life, Soviet Life, cultural exchange
August 22, 2016
Magical Kefir
By Philip Seifi

Magical Kefir

Kefir is the most popular fermented milk in Russia. But it did not get there overnight. Kefir and Russia have a long history...

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Tags: food, health, Caucasus
August 19, 2016
August 1991 Coup Attempt
By The Editors

August 1991 Coup Attempt

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.

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Tags: soviet union, coup, yeltsin, gorbachev
August 17, 2016
Faded Memories of 1991
By The Editors

Faded Memories of 1991

It's been over two decades since the coup of August 1991, and only half of Russians remember it. But that's not all...

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Tags: gorbachev, coup, 1991, yeltsin, poll