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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
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
December 2, 2016
Peter Aleshkovsky: 2016 Russian Booker Laureate
By Paul E. Richardson

Peter Aleshkovsky: 2016 Russian Booker Laureate

We were excited to learn that one of our authors, Peter Aleshkovsky, was awarded the 2016 Russian Booker Prize, arguably Russia's most prestigous literary prize. 

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Tags: Aleshhkovsky, fiction, awards, novel
December 1, 2016
Art and politics on thin ice
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Art and politics on thin ice

Should ice dancing with a Holocaust theme be totally taboo, or can it be done with respect? That and Fidel Castro, Siberian cats, and a few fish puns. 

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Tags: Russia, Navka, Fidel Castro, Holocaust, YouTube
November 24, 2016
Giving thanks: Russian beauty, culture, and cats
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Giving thanks: Russian beauty, culture, and cats

We thank our readers for another year of living, loving, and learning about Russian life. With some extra pictures and cultural exploration to keep you grateful.

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Tags: russia, culture, setomaa, cats, soccer
November 17, 2016
Clowns, corruption, and overdue library books
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Clowns, corruption, and overdue library books

A group of humanitarian clowns is set to conquer sadness in Russia. Whether they can also combat corruption, questionable legal cases, and adorable baby foxes is another matter.

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Tags: Russia, corruption, bribery, embezzlement, foxes
November 10, 2016
A new direction for US-Russia relations?
By Alice E.M. Underwood

A new direction for US-Russia relations?

The news in the U.S. is news for Russia, too. Here's how Russians are thinking about a Trump presidency – and it involves cats and burgers, as well as political ponderings. 

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Tags: Russia, Putin, Trump
November 3, 2016
False history and forensic literature
By Alice E.M. Underwood

False history and forensic literature

Fighting falsified Russian history, righting incorrect Bulgakovian history, and piecing together just what – and how unified – is the Russian nation. 

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Tags: Russia, USSR, Putin, Bulgakov, nationalism, Unity Day