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Covering the broader realm of culture, plus humor, food and drink.

February 16, 2017
The Kremlin on Ice
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The Kremlin on Ice

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. 

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Tags: Russia, prison, Kremlin, Photo of the Year, politics
February 9, 2017
Buddha in a blizzard, tsar in the tropics
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Buddha in a blizzard, tsar in the tropics

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. 

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Tags: russia, kachkanar, evraz, kiribati, bakov, exorcism
February 2, 2017
Blogging Bears, Ivan the Terrible Rapper, and a Blob
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Blogging Bears, Ivan the Terrible Rapper, and a Blob

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. 

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Tags: russia, travel, bear, history, zhdun
January 26, 2017
Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice

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. 

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Tags: russia, migrants, moscow, epiphany, putin, ice swimming
January 19, 2017
The spy who stayed out in the cold
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The spy who stayed out in the cold

Some people see spies everywhere. Other people just see dumpsters, birds, snow, dogs, boars, or artists seeking political asylum. (That's at least 4 separate stories).

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Tags: russia, lavrov, spies, snow, pavlensky, politics
January 12, 2017
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, sturdy stolen statues
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, and sturdy stolen statues

The year's coldest ride, hottest statue, most scandalous yoga teacher, and best way to learn the names of all of Russia's federal subjects. And it's just the first TWERF of the year. 

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Tags: Russia, Moscow, bikes, law, yoga
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
December 22, 2016
We Fish You A Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah)
By Alice E.M. Underwood

We Fish You A Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah)

Just in time for the holidays, Russians unearth (unsea?) some fish that look out of this world. Plus, anticipating the New Year, the U.S. view on Russia, and political jokes. 

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Tags: Russia, New Year, fish, Brezhnev
December 15, 2016
Of mutts and men
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Of mutts and men

With puppies and provinces on the line, Russia-Japan relations are a bit ruff. Plus bobsledding bedlam, diplomatic dirt, and more holiday dogs. 

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Tags: Russia, Japan, Kuril Islands, Putin, dogs, doping, WADA, Lavrov
December 8, 2016
Cartoons, reality TV, and other art forms
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Cartoons, reality TV, and other art forms

Masha and the Bear tops the charts, Ramzan Kadyrov picks Chechnya's next top admin, and the arts in general are a big bowl of kasha. 

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Tags: Russia, Putin, Masha and the Bear, Kadyrov, arts, culture, spy