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March 23, 2017
Grab a Guinness for Orthodoxy
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Grab a Guinness for Orthodoxy

Does Russian St. Patrick's Day have leprechauns? After you ponder that, there's a reindeer herder fighting big oil, humans-turned-Twitter bots, and a mysterious murder.

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Tags: russia, khanty, kechimov, twitter, yevdokimov, st. patrick's day, aeroflot
March 16, 2017
Meet Four Russian Centenarians
By Paul E. Richardson

Meet Four Russian Centenarians

One hundred years ago, in 1917, Russia was wracked by revolution, famine, foreign war, and domestic unrest. And yet, throughout 1917, babies were born, lives were started. 

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Tags: history, women, 1917
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 15, 2017
Who Invented the Ancient Slavic Gods, and Why?
By Kasya Denisevich

Who Invented the Ancient Slavic Gods, and Why?

How it was that in the eighteenth century Russian mythology was trumped-up in the Western manner? Who wanted it? And where did we get Lel, Yarilo and Zimtserla? We explain everything you'd want to know about Russian fakelore.

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March 14, 2017
Tomsk
By Vladimir Dudarev

Tomsk

Vladimir Dudarev takes us to Siberia's wooden architecture and university capital, Tomsk.

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March 10, 2017
Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg
By Elena Bobrova

Six Great Songs About St. Petersburg

Many Russian cities have songs about about them. Here are six of the best ones about Russia's Northern Capital – three by American artists, three by Russians.

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Tags: music, St. Petersburg
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 8, 2017
International Women's Day: A Look Back
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

International Women's Day: A Look Back

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

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Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
March 7, 2017
Saratov
Saratov

Elena Kotova takes us to the streets, beaches, yoga studios and parks of Saratov, a city on the Volga.

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Tags: arctic, White Sea
March 6, 2017
Better Russia
By Bob Blaisdell

Better Russia

Bob Blaisdell reviews Other Russias, an album of images and impressions of ordinary, unconnected Russian citizens who have unexpectedly found themselves activists. 

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Tags: art, illustration, dissent