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

March 16, 2017
Medical tourism, space tourism, imaginary tourism
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Medical tourism, space tourism, imaginary tourism

A Moon landing is on the horizon. Eurovision, with its typical set of scandals, is on an even closer horizon. And on your way, why not stop by Red Square for some dental work?

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Tags: russia, cosmonaut, eurovision, tourism
March 9, 2017
Say no to discrimination, ducks, and hugs
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Say no to discrimination, ducks, and hugs

International Women's Day was celebrated by marches, flowers, and flash mobs. In other news, Russia and China are BFFs, and Prime Minister Medvedev likes ducks. 

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Tags: russia, international women's day, china, medvedev
March 2, 2017
Cats, droids, and acrobatic rock & roll
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Cats, droids, and acrobatic rock & roll

A friendly robot graces the metro and a politically charged (and financed) dance studio gets footloose thanks to the youngest Putin. Also, happy World Cat Day!

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Tags: russia, moscow, metro, putin, tikhonova, dance, cats, robot
February 23, 2017
100 Years Ago, In a Monarchy Far, Far Away
By Alice E.M. Underwood

100 Years Ago, In a Monarchy Far, Far Away...

Exactly 100 years ago, on February 23, 1917, the Russian Revolution began. And once you've learned about that, there's space, WWII reenactments, and a portal back to medieval times. 

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Tags: russia, february revolution, 1917, bolsheviks, space, WWII, medieval
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