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January 18, 2018
Aliens, help Russia!
Aliens, help Russia!

Darkness descends on Moscow, a cry for help ascends to the sky, and a foreign agent stays exactly where it is. Also huskies and ancient teeth.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: twerf, dogs, foreign agent, weather, moscow, russia
January 17, 2018
Scents and Scents-Ability
Scents and Scents-Ability

There's a new Russian-language detective show on Netflix. It's a bit like Gogol meets House meets Sherlock. 

By Bob Blaisdell
Tags: mystery, television
January 11, 2018
A little vodka, a little puppies, a little Despacito
A little vodka, a little puppies, a little Despacito

Let's go to Nizhny Novgorod to hear a Russian rendition of the song of the year. And then, lets meet some puppies and a vodka thief.

By The Editors
Tags: alphabet, puppies, music, vodka
December 31, 2017
The Best of 2017
The Best of 2017

For our final TWERF of 2017, we look back and re-share some of our favorite stories from 2017. They may not be the most note-worthy or news-worthy stories, but we felt they were the most fun.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: humor, siberia
December 21, 2017
Romanov Holiday and Russia's Best Cat
Romanov Holiday and Russia's Best Cat

What a Russian holiday looks like, the Romanovs go to The Gambia, and why secret police are extra special around the holidays. All that, and Russia's most popular cats. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: cats, kgb, fsb, holidays, Romanovs
December 14, 2017
Superputin, Sly Wolves, & Censorship Stalkers
Superputin, Sly Wolves, & Censorship Stalkers

An art exhibit proves once and for all that Putin is a superhero. Plus, World Cup counterfeits, how Russian media monitoring works, and a leopard cub.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: animals, censorship, world cup, art, putin
December 9, 2017
Why We Love to Hate Russians
Why We Love to Hate Russians

Why are Russians are such enduring villains, and what was the real intent of the election meddling campaign?

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: hollywood, stereotypes
December 7, 2017
Presidents, Olympians, and Feathered Friends
Presidents, Olympians, and Feathered Friends

Putin announces he'll run for president, the Olympic Committee announces Russia can't compete, and some swans announce that they want a new house. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: swans, olympics, president, putin
December 2, 2017
Doping, Bus Stops, and Journalists
Doping, Bus Stops, and Journalists

This week's Recommended Reads for Russophiles includes a dope-master's diary, a revisiting of bus stops, and an intriguing theory about the Putin-Trump nexus.

By Paul E. Richardson
November 30, 2017
Santa Claus, Space Aliens, & Robot Cars
Santa Claus, Space Aliens, & Robot Cars

Father Frost gets iced, a space shuttle gets wet, and cars get driven driverlessly. Plus, famous Russian buildings go on vacation, the Romanovs take TV, and Russian smilies)

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: romanovs, yandex, space, father frost
November 25, 2017
Photography, Kachka & Spies
Photography, Kachka & Spies

Photography, food and spies comprise this week's Three Best Reads. We travel to Vilnius, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC, to consider wagging tongues, boiled tongues, and an overlooked photographer.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: khrushchev, espionage, photography, russian cuisine
November 16, 2017
Lions and Lawyers and Baba Yaga, Oh My!
Lions and Lawyers and Baba Yaga, Oh My!

Ice Age lions thaw out, fairytale heroes meet social media, and foreign news needs a new passport. Plus, all about Russian art in less than 30 minutes. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: foreign agent, art, film, Yakutia, Russia