Russian Life-Quotes

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What role did Russia play in the U.S. Civil War?

Russian-American relations were not always so bitter and tense as now. During the American Civil War, Russia supported the Union primarily because its main geopolitical enemy at that time was Great Britain, which was sympathetic to the Confederacy. In addition, the U.S. and Russia had enjoyed good …


Russian idioms vol.2: Why do they kill hares?

<b>1. To buy a cat in a poke</b><p>No, there is no mistake. If unsure about the quality of a purchased product, Russians prefer to buy a cat instead of a pig in a poke.<p>This phrase is also known in English, French, German, Chinese and other languages with minor changes.<p><b>2. To kill two hares</b><p>For those who want …


Instacountry: Izborsk, home to valiant warriors and fluffy kittens

This is the very first installment to embark on an Instagram journey through the vastness of Russia — why don’t you join us? An ancient fortress with walls several meters thick, ostriches roaming the wooded flatlands and a pagan sacred site: see all this and more!<p>This time we are visiting Izborsk …


How Politics Deprived Russians of Parmesan Cheese

MOSCOW — During the past three years, something Russians were used to doing in the 1990s has made a triumphant comeback: the habit of bringing food …


Dalai Lama ‘Dreams’ of NATO Relocating to Moscow

In a recent interview with Russian media in India, the Dalai Lama voiced a radical proposal to reduce tensions between NATO and Russia.<p>“I have …


Russia's Brightest Moment: The 1991 Coup That Failed

It would be difficult to call the events of August 1991 a revolution. To begin with, there were no revolutionaries, only counter-revolutionaries.<p>The …


Russian Spies Never Go Out of Style - The New Yorker Radio Hour


Russia’s election meddling backfired — big-time

Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended …


How A Hoax Made To Look Like A Guardian Article Made Its Way To Russian Media

BuzzFeed News uncovered a coordinated effort to spread false stories designed to inflame international tensions.<p>A completely fake article, made to look as if it were published by The Guardian and containing explosive comments attributed to the former head of British intelligence, was likely created …


Giving the Lie to the Notion that Warfare Is ‘Unwomanly’

<b>THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR</b> <b><br>An Oral History of Women in World War II</b><br>By Svetlana Alexievich<br>331 pp. Random House. $30.<p>In a classic Soviet World War II ballad, a lone soldier takes comfort in the thought of his wife patiently awaiting his return from the front: “On this dark night, my love, I know you …


How Chinese tourists hunt for the Northern Lights in Russia

Moscow and St. Petersburg are flooded with Chinese tourists visiting Russia every year. Yet some of them are starting to explore something more unusual and adventurous – hunting for Northern Lights in Murmansk region.<p>After the release of the Oscar nominated film Leviathan by Russian director Andrey …


The Tobolsk Kremlin: Holy Wisdom in Siberia

The citadel’s churches connected the distant territory to the capital.<p>At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for vivid, detailed color photography (see box text below). His vision of photography as a form of …


The Future of Russia’s Armed Forces, After Putin (Op-ed)

Any country’s army is a direct product of its socio-economic and political system.<p>The relationship goes the other way, too: The condition of an army …


The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy

It was winter in Petrograd, exactly 100 years ago. The imperial Russian Army was exhausted from fighting the Germans in World War I. There were bread shortages, strikes, mutinies. In March 1917 Czar Nicholas II abdicated the throne. The Germans smuggled Lenin back to Petrograd from Swiss exile in a …


Russia: Navalny trains spotlight on lifestyle of Putin spokesman's son

Anti-corruption campaigner’s claims about Dmitry Peskov’s son are latest salvo in fight against high lives of Russian elite<p>In 2010, Nikolay Choles was a troubled British youth, jailed for assaulting a man outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Milton Keynes.<p>By 2017, according to the Russian opposition …


Navalny Outs Kremlin Spokesman's Alleged Son

This was not the first time Navalny has taken a stab at Peskov


How Russian nobleman Baron von Ungern conquered Mongolia

Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886 – 1921) lived an extraordinary life. An aristocrat of German origin, he embraced Buddhism and freed Mongolia from Chinese occupation, all while attempting to defeat the Bolsheviks and create a great Eurasian empire.<p>“There were many people in Europe who were …

World History

George R.R. Martin in Russia: What is the Game of Thrones writer up to?

The author of the series of novels “A Song of Ice and Fire” (adapted into the Game of Thrones TV show) George R.R. Martin has arrived in St. Petersburg. Vyborg Castle, Putin questions, and new “leaks” – here is a short review of his trip.<p>It took the White Walkers seven whole seasons to reach the …

Game of Thrones

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The August Vote That Changed Russia’s History

If anyone had told members of Russia’s lower house of parliament on August 16, 1999 that the vote they were about to take would shape events in their …


America and Russia: Back to Basics

However demonic, however destructive, however devious, however deserving of being strangled Russia is, the brute fact is that we cannot kill this …

Soviet Union

The Salzburg Festival Reawakens

The upward-springing hair, bright polyester shirts, and merry cackle of Peter Sellars, the American director, are once again in evidence at the Salzburg Festival, which means that change is in the air. In recent years, this most sumptuous of classical-music gatherings has reverted to its default …


Russia: GoT's George R. R. Martin shies away from Russian politics at St. Petersburg Q&A

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Why Are American Liberals So Afraid of Russia?

SOFIA, Bulgaria — There is something mystifying about the American obsession with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, its military involvement in Syria and its meddling in elections abroad may help explain some of America’s sense of alarm. But they fail to …


Russian Translator Censors Putin Questions at Game of Thrones Q&A

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is known for his excessively gorey plot twists, but for his Russian translator, exposing the writer to …

Game of Thrones

Spaced-out in the Soviet Union: 3 UFO stories from Russia

People see - or think they see - UFOs all around the world, and naturally Russia has its fair share of unexplained events. Although there’s no solid proof of contact with extraterrestrials, dozens of people in the country and the former USSR are sure aliens exist.<p>All around the world people tend to …


China's and Russia's VPN crackdown - The Listening Post (Lead)


Piketty Zeroes In on Putin's Pain Point

The West should stop relying on sanctions and instead target Russia's massive offshore wealth.<p>After alerting the Western world to the alarming rise of inequality, Thomas Piketty has turned his attention to Russia. To someone who has lived through Russia's transition from Communism to crony …


A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

Record-breaking Russian rap battle: Oxxxymiron VS Gnoyny. Screenshot of video uploaded by versusbattleru to YouTube.<p>Early on Monday, August 14, …