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June 14, 2018
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins
The World Cup Whirlwind Begins

Is it football or soccer? Either way, TWERF prepares for the start of the World Cup by examining Russia’s chances (not great), while still paying attention to a few other stories before the madness begins.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: cat, World Cup, Krasnoyarsk, Omsk
June 7, 2018
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something
From Their Smile to Their Heartbeat, Everybody's Hiding Something

This week gives everybody a new lease on life, whether in the form of a photo touch up, another platform for Putin, or an actual new life for a “dead” journalist.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: austria, afghanistan, st. petersburg, putin, navalny
May 31, 2018
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo
Pretty (and Pierced) Pictures, a Brutal Bridge, and a New Hope for Han Solo

In a galaxy far, far away, the Millennium Falcon circled over a vicious battle with art and a dangerous passageway. That far-off galaxy being Russia, of course.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Ivan the Terrible, Ivan the terrible, Star Wars, st. petersburg, art
May 30, 2018
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia
Peter the Great, Emperor of All Russia

What do you have to do as Russian tsar to be remembered as "Great"? You can start by reforming the government, social structure, customs, language, and, well, everything else.

By Eugenia Sokolskaya
Tags: peter the great, st. petersburg, russia, history, reform, traditions, literature, dostoyevsky
May 28, 2018
Oleg Sentsov: Immutable FAQs.
Oleg Sentsov: Immutable FAQs.

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is on the 15th day of a hunger strike in a northern-Siberian prison. Anton Dolin explains how Sentsov's case is a sad miscarriage of justice, and what one can or cannot do about it.

By Anton Dolin
Tags: Ukraine, dissent, law, political prisoners
May 10, 2018
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper
Monstrous Protests, Mobile Plants, and Too Much Paper

This week Russians hit the streets, waterways, and air for all sorts of occasions.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: nuclear, arctic, moscow
May 9, 2018
Painting Veterans
Painting Veterans

Artist Sasha Sokolova has undertaken a personal, artistic and cultural project to document the daily life of Russia’s remaining war veterans.

By Sasha Sokolova
Tags: veterans, art, world war ii
April 26, 2018
A Proliferation of Playful (and Political) Pranks
A Proliferation of Playful (and Political) Pranks

Featuring “poisonous” cooking oil, the finest pothole you’ve ever seen, and paper planes of protest.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: novosibirsk
April 19, 2018
Hot and Cold: Spies, Armageddon, and Skiing Half-Naked
Hot and Cold: Spies, Armageddon, and Skiing Half-Naked

Learn about the animal spies among us, get tips on how to survive nuclear war, and watch a world record get broken.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: moscow, siberia
April 12, 2018
Singed Sweets and Stolen Sea-Dwellers
Singed Sweets and Stolen Sea-Dwellers

Stories about chocolate and fish: not an appetizing pairing, but a good selection for this week’s TWERF.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Far East, animals, st. petersburg, Kaliningrad
April 5, 2018
April Fool's Day, Russia Style!
April Fool's Day, Russia Style!

In honor of April Fool’s Day, we present you with jokes, mishaps, and fun times all around.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: dostoyevsky
March 29, 2018
New Zealand, Nuke Names, and New 'dos
New Zealand, Nuke Names, and New 'dos

Grudinin shaves the ‘stache, the other election results are in, and New Zealand struggles to offend Russia.

By Irina Bukharin
Tags: Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo