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February 15, 2017
Spies Like Them
By Research Department

Spies Like Them

As the FBI investigation deepens into Trump-Kremlin ties, we thought it would be useful – a public service, really – to provide some handy tips on spotting Russian spies.

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Tags: spies, KGB
January 31, 2017
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia

In 1865, vodka joined bears and matryoshkas as an eternal symbol of Russia. Here's how it happened, plus nine trivia tidbits on Russia's most beloved, harmful, and historical libation. 

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Tags: russia, vodka, history, smirnoff
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 19, 2016
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev
By Alice E.M. Underwood

10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev

Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev would have been 110 on December 19. There are plenty of fun facts and surprising jokes behind the eyebrows.

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Tags: Brezhnev, Soviet Union, USSR, Stagnation
November 19, 2016
Famous People Who Studied Russian
By Letitia Rydjeski

Famous People Who Studied Russian

Studying Russian and finding it a bit challenging? You are not alone. Check out our list of famous people who have studied Russian, and find some fellow-sufferers...

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Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
November 18, 2016
Famous Americans with Russian Roots
By Letitia Rydjeski

Famous Americans with Russian Roots

America is a land built by immigrants. We researched famous Americans with Russian roots and offer this compilation.

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Tags: immigration, Russians, us-russian relations
October 31, 2016
Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween

The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from the mausoleum on Red Square on October 31, 1961. It may not be as spooky as Halloween, but the former leader still haunts Russia today.

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Tags: Russia, USSR, Soviet Union, Stalin, Lenin, mausoleum
October 14, 2016
Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral

On October 14, 1991, St. Basil’s Cathedral was reopened after six decades. Here are five fun facts in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral’s rebirth.

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Tags: Russia, Moscow, Red Square, st. basil, St. Basil's Cathedral, Pokrovsky Sobor, religion, Ivan IV
September 13, 2016
Kamchatka
By Alexander Gaivoron

Kamchatka

Alexander Gaivoron and his wife Anastasia took their pre-wedding honeymoon on Kamchatka, land of bears and volcanoes. And they invite us along!

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Tags: Kamchatka, travel, photography, bears
September 1, 2016
Yes, We're a Sexagenarian
By Paul E. Richardson

Yes, We're a Sexagenarian

Sixty years ago, bureaucrats and journalists on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain came to a remarkable agreement that led to the founding of Russian Life...

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Tags: history, Russian Life, Soviet Life, cultural exchange
August 19, 2016
August 1991 Coup Attempt
By The Editors

August 1991 Coup Attempt

Twenty-five years later, we take a look back at the August 19 coup attempt in Russia. Led by the Gang of Eight, men who owed their political careers to Mikhail Gorbachev, the coup plotters were attempting to restore dictatorship in the ailing Soviet Union.

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Tags: soviet union, coup, yeltsin, gorbachev
August 17, 2016
Faded Memories of 1991
By The Editors

Faded Memories of 1991

It's been over two decades since the coup of August 1991, and only half of Russians remember it. But that's not all...

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Tags: gorbachev, coup, 1991, yeltsin, poll
July 22, 2016
The First Canine Cosmonauts
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The First Canine Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union’s first pair of pups launched into space on July 22, 1951, and their suborbital flight was a big pawprint in the Cold War Space Race.‚Äč

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Tags: space race, rocket, russia, dogs, soviet union, space, cold war
July 8, 2016
Fevronia's Day
By Elizaveta Shkurina

Fevronia's Day

On July 8, Russia celebrates the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, a holiday aimed at promoting traditional family values, more commonly known as Fevronia's Day. What's it all about?

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Tags: Fevronia, Orthodox Church, holidays
July 7, 2016
Celebrating Summer in Russia's Pagan Tradition
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Celebrating Summer in Russia's Pagan Tradition

Ivan Kupala is technically St. John the Baptist Day. But the bonfires and skinny-dipping that celebrate the Summer Solstice have deep roots in Russia's pagan past.

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Tags: ivan kupala, solstice, pagan, russia, maslenitsa, john the baptist
June 22, 2016
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall

June 22nd marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia that changed the course of WWII and, perhaps, history itself.

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Tags: russia, soviet union, WWII, World War, Hitler, nazi germany, Barbarossa, napoleon, great patriotic war
June 16, 2016
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom
By Alice E.M. Underwood

Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

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Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection
June 12, 2016
The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg
By Alice E.M. Underwood

The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is now 25: citizens voted to rename Leningrad as St. Petersburg on June 12, 1991. Lenin’s legacy was at the center of the change, and remains a hot topic 25 years later.

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Tags: st. petersburg, lenin, leningrad, glasnost, soviet union, 1917
May 24, 2016
Mariy El
By Nikolai Gontar

Mariy El

Nikolai Gontar leads us on a trip to the Republic of Mariy El, home to layered pancakes and some very unusual architecture.

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May 12, 2016
Questions of Life and Death
By Mordasov and Kozlov

Questions of Life and Death

On Victory Day, Russian photographers Mikhail Mordasov and Ignat Kozlov captured images of World War II veterans and young Russians who are the same age as the veterans were when they went off to fight in the war. They asked each of their subjects two questions: "What should one live for?" and "What should one be willing to die for?"

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Tags: world war ii, photography, veterans