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November 16, 2018
Aleksashka in the Halls of Power
Aleksashka in the Halls of Power

On this day 345 years ago, Alexander Menshikov was born into a poor peasant family. No one could have predicted to what heights he would rise.

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: peter the great, history
November 16, 2018
Operation Infektion
Operation Infektion

This week, the New York Times released a well-researched, well-produced series of three videos on Russian and Soviet disinformation activities against the US and the rest of the world. Every Russophile needs to watch them.

By The Editors
Tags: lies, disinformation, espionage
November 15, 2018
Whoosh, Bark, and Boo
Whoosh, Bark, and Boo

This week was a grab bag of jobs well done, tear-jerkers, and meta-scary stories. Buckle up!

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: energy, environment, Halloween, putin, dogs, religion
November 14, 2018
Olga's Amazing Work of Art
Olga's Amazing Work of Art

Olga Ezova-Denisova explains in words and pictures the complex process behind making her special bear linocut prints for our New Russian Life project.

By Olga Ezova-Denisova
November 9, 2018
Being Turgenev
Being Turgenev

Everyone in Russia knows the great writer Ivan Turgenev, whose 200th birthday is today, and they make his acquaintance in three stages. 

By Tamara Eidelman
Tags: literature, turgenev
November 9, 2018
First Love
First Love

An excerpt from First Love, which Turgenev called his most autobiographical novel, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy’s infatuation with an older girl.

By Ivan Turgenev
November 8, 2018
Our Untold Stories
Our Untold Stories

Ever wonder what we don’t publish? Well, here it is. The scraps on our cutting room floor, and last week’s fourth-best story – all collected in one wonderfully semi-interesting place.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: soccer, art, education
November 1, 2018
Warm Feelings for the Cool Weather
Warm Feelings for the Cool Weather

If you’re here for Halloween spooks, we can’t help you: all we’ve got this week are feel-good stories!

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: dogs, putin, Krasnoyarsk, moscow
October 28, 2018
The Loss of Laura Williams
The Loss of Laura Williams

Laura Williams, a long-time contributor to Russian Life (author of the wonderful book, Notes from a Russian Village), passed away suddenly on October 28, 2018.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: writers, village life
October 27, 2018
Chado, the Roving Superdog
Chado, the Roving Superdog

A dog is a basic necessity in the village, and the bigger the dog, the better. Chado is decidedly not big.

By Laura Williams
October 25, 2018
Lawmakers versus Troublemakers
Lawmakers versus Troublemakers

Russian law enforcement had a busy week, from taking on the ~high~ seas to putting rich jerks in their place.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: cossacks, national anthem, Russian Far East, navalny
October 18, 2018
Of Rockets and Ruptures
Of Rockets and Ruptures

Falling objects, family feuds, and friendly felines dominated our attention this week.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: space, nasa, Trump, orthodox church, cat