Movies

Звезда / The Star: Learning Russian Through Film

The 2014 film Звезда (The Star) is a satirical anti-fairytale written and directed by the esteemed Armenian-Russian film and TV producer, Anna Melikyan. While Melikyan’s art house work has won numerous awards and been given positive critical reviews, they have not been box office hits. Such is the case with The Star, which has earned […]

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Русалка / Mermaid: Learn Russian through Film

Я худею / I’m Losing Weight: Learn Russian through Film

Music

Sources to Research Russian Rock

The brief list of online resources has been compiled for those interested in understanding late-Soviet music movements, particularly for rock and punk movements of Leningrad.   I. Resources in English   A. Lecture on Russian punk In the above virtual lecture, Brandeis University PhD candidate and writer Alexander Herbert explores themes detailed in his book […]

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Rock Music’s Rise in Late-Soviet Russia

Siberia’s Perestroika Punk Generation

Cartoons

15 Russian Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

These cartoons are full of joyful, bright, and homey holiday charm. It’s no secret that the holiday season is most precious to us in childhood. Because for children, it is not just an opportunity to gather together with loved ones. It’s an occasion for presents, Grandfather Frost, Snegurochka, beautiful spruce trees, and hope for a […]

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The Making of Nu, Pogodi!

The Wolf and Seven Baby Goats / Волк и семеро козлят

Food

2 Classic Coffee Shops in Irkutsk

A wave of coffeeshops have relatively recently swept across Russia. Once dominated by dehyradted Nescafe, most Russian cities now offer modern coffee shops specializing in everything from quick, cheap coffee to go to comfortable places to sit and relax with your beverage and snack. Below are two of the oldest such institutions in Irkutsk, both […]

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3 Pubs in St. Petersburg

6 Places for World Cuisine on a Student Budget in Moscow

MiniLessons

Холоп / Serf: Learn Russian through Film

The 2019 film Холоп (Serf), also known in English as Peasant, Servant, and Son of a Rich, broke the box office record for a domestically-produced film from Russia by earning over forty-two million dollars globally, according to the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Directed by Klim Shipenko, it made the somewhat unusual move to release in the […]

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Russian MiniLesson: A Trip to the Gym in Russian

Russian MiniLessons: Social Media

Sport

Fitness Life Gyms in Kyiv

Finding a gym was a challenge in Kyiv. Surprisingly, some fitness clubs only offer classes – without an option to work out by yourself. Others offer extensive facilities, like pools, but at a cost. I found the Fitness Life gym in Obolon a relatively affordable option for basic, independent exercises. Fitness Life is a chain […]

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Running in Bishkek

Ice Skating at the National Stadium, Warsaw