Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Paul E. Richardson, publisher and editor of Russian Life magazine, discusses his latest book spotlighting the stories of 22 Russian centenarians born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution. The stories of these elders are told with tenderness and sympathy, and rigorous research and meticulous planning went into their telling. Read More


St. Petersburg’s Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)

St. Petersburg’s Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)

So you have walked all 2.8 miles of St. Petersburg's Nevsky Prospect. You've seen all sorts of beautiful buildings: imperial palaces, art nouveau shopping malls and banks, the old market place, Catholic and Lutheran churches – you name it. But you have only scratched the surface. In fact, most locals tend to avoid Nevsky because it is too touristy and crowded. And if you are looking for the best restaurants and bars, it's time to need to leave Nevsky behind. And so, here are five must-stroll streets in the Northern Palmyra, once you get off Nevsky (with convenient links to Google Street View, so you can explore the streets virtually too). Read More


How to Celebrate Russia Day – June 12th

How to Celebrate Russia Day – June 12th

In Russia, June 12th memorializes the 1990 adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty — a move that established the nation’s authority and autonomy and ultimately led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. So does that make it a universally festive day, with vodka all around? Well, maybe, but there’s a bit more to it as well. Read More


Haunting and Stunning Photos of Abandoned Places in Russia

Haunting and Stunning Photos of Abandoned Places in Russia

What happens when the death knell tolls for an entire town? What does it look like when the knell stops ringing, everyone jumps ship, and there’s nothing but a few worn buildings to prove anyone lived there at all? It’s not pretty – or rather, it can be extremely pretty, in an eerie sort of way. Whether you find it dismal or delightful (photography-wise), take a look at some of the most stunning images of disrepair you’ll ever see. Read More


A Survey of Russian Humor (and it rhymes!)

A Survey of Russian Humor (and it rhymes!)

There's plenty of talk about how Russia is dark and dismal, its writers pathologically depressed, and the general mood among the populace about as cheery as a Siberian winter. Sure, a place that gets to the minus sixties may not be exactly cheery, but these stereotypes give short shrift to Russian humor. A lot of it is dark, satirical, or language-based, rather than the banana-peel type guffaws an American audience might expect, but in Russia, that’s not just funny – it’s poetry. Read More


March 8: International Women’s Day

March 8: International Women’s Day

Imagine; Valentine's Day and Mother's Day all in one! This is what International Women's Day (IWD), in Russia, is like. March 8th is a national holiday and a non-work day. Several nations celebrate IWD, but only a few acknowledge it as an official, non-working holiday. In the West, where Mother's Day falls in May, IWD is typically celebrated by feminist and women's rights groups. Read More