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17 November 2018


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Society

Politics and international relations, religion, economics, the environment and social issues.

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!

Tags: energy, environment, Halloween, putin, dogs, religion
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.

Tags: soccer, art, education
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!

Tags: dogs, putin, Krasnoyarsk, moscow
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.

Tags: cossacks, national anthem, Russian Far East, navalny
Things Look Different Below the Surface
Things Look Different Below the Surface

What’s more surprising, fake feminists or fish with bad teeth?

Tags: North Korea, feminism, st. petersburg, dagestan, fish
Politics and Technology: And never the twain should meet
Politics and Technology: And never the twain should meet

To selfie or not to selfie? That is the question, or at least one of the questions, addressed this week.

Tags: yandex, moscow, politics, duma
Ice Age Part 10, Coming Soon to a Russia Near You
Ice Age Part 10, Coming Soon to a Russia Near You

The weather in Russia this week was chilly with a hint of thaw, at least regarding science and political relations.

Tags: ukraine, Vladivostok, siberia, navalny, china, putin
Life, Death, and Pizza
Life, Death, and Pizza

Climate change is destroying Russia and people still want to duel, but at least someone’s getting free pizza.

Tags: pushkin, environment, food, orthodox church, navalny, putin
The Ancient Past, the Near Future, and a Sheepish Present
The Ancient Past, the Near Future, and a Sheepish Present

Time got a little bit wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey as Russia traveled to the future, to the past, and back to the present (and all in one week)!

Tags: siberia, religion, science, cars, kalashnikov, dagestan
Skyfalls, Sinking Feelings, and Smitings
Skyfalls, Sinking Feelings, and Smitings

Falling from a Russian sky near you: airplanes, bags of money, and well-timed lightning bolts!

Tags: World Cup, soccer, orthodox church, Altai, sochi, Ufa
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods
The Plagues of Russia: the Risen Dead, Bees, and Floods

Shed a tear for our last World Cup TWERF, in which we finally learn about the Romanovs and feel the wrath of nature.

Tags: Trump, football, World Cup, soccer, Volgograd, romanovs, romanov, putin
Death of a Dynasty
Death of a Dynasty

Who really killed the Romanovs? Read about the survivors of the royal household.

Tags: romanovs, revolution
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride
Lost Game, but Newfound Pride

What’s out of this world? Russia’s performance in the World Cup, a Russian cargo ship, and showers in Samara!

Tags: space, soccer, World Cup, samara
That Other Red, White, and Blue
That Other Red, White, and Blue

As Americans celebrate their Independence Day, Russia may have gained a new national holiday as well: the day they beat Spain in the World Cup.

Tags: Volgograd, football, World Cup, soccer
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!
Against Some Odds, Still in the Game!

This week Russia lost but isn’t out yet; football fans, amazingly, spread cheer across Russia; and a storm reminds us of the world outside.

Tags: Rostov-on-Don, soccer, World Cup, barnaul, Nizhny Novgorod
Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg
Russia Makes Hay in Moscow and Surmounts in St. Petersburg

Russia wins its first two World Cup games and Jeff Monson is running for CIty Council in Krasnogorsk. Does life get better than this?

Tags: soccer, cat, World Cup
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.

Tags: Ukraine, dissent, law, political prisoners
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.

Tags: nuclear, arctic, moscow
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.

Tags: Yekaterinburg, Kemerovo
US-Russia Sister Cities
US-Russia Sister Cities

We mapped all the US cities paired with a Russian city, and to our surprise, the map looks like Putin's profile.

Tags: us-russian relations, city, sister cities