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What’s Trending in Russia in 2018?

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At the start of the year, we look ahead at the main trends Sophia Miroyedova Don’t say it, rap it! Last year even the biggest culture snobs were forced to recognize the power of Russian-language hip-hop. In 2018, the genre will decisively emerge from the shadows. And it won’t just be Russia’s youth moving their heads to the beats. “There’s a market for hip-hop Read More

What’s On in Moscow This Weekend

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Music, art, and light fill the House of Music this weekend. Courtesy of Moscow Philharmonic Even though you should be resting up this weekend for next week’s double whammy of Maslenitsa and St. Valentine’s Day, there are two events that you might not want to miss.  Carmina Burana at the House of Music Carmina Burana (Latin for “Songs from Beuern,” which Read More

Maslenitsa in St. Petersburg

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The Great Lenten Fast that precedes Easter is upon us, and St. Petersburg is ready to celebrate the end of winter and the joys of blini in style. Mariinsky MaslenitsaMusical celebration This year, beside the traditional celebrations in various parts of the city, Maslenitsa will be celebrated in one of the city’s most prominent venues. The Mariinsky Theater will hold its third International Festival of Maslenitsa in Songs: seven Read More

Maslenitsa in Moscow

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Kirill Zykov / Moskva News Agency Do you still need convincing that Russian blini are the world’s foremost form of pancake? You will have ample opportunity to sample some fantastic flapjacks during a holiday that honors these sweet and savory snacks. Moscow, not a city to let holidays pass uncelebrated, is not going to let this Maslenitsa go by without ensuring you’ve had at least a few Read More

Russian Judges Disbar Colleague Over Expletives in Court

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A judicial panel in southern Russia has dismissed a judge for making obscene remarks at a trial that was recorded and leaked to the media this week. The Krasnodar region arbitration court examined the comments of judge Alexei Shevchenko after he was recorded swearing at an attorney during a hearing. “You can even complain to Read More

Russian Company Launches First Driverless Car in Moscow

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Russia’s tech giant Yandex has conducted a successful test of its self-driving car through the harsh and snowy streets of Moscow. Yandex.Taxi, an on-demand transportation service similar to Uber, first unveiled the driverless prototype in the summer of 2017. It tested the car’s maneuverability in snow conditions on a closed course in November. “Today we are excited to have advanced Read More

A Russian Oligarch Walks Away From His $8 Billion Empire

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(Bloomberg) — In 1998, Sergei Galitsky opened a small grocery in his hometown of Krasnodar, 1300 kilometers south of Moscow. Over the next two decades he expanded that modest operation into an empire with almost $20 billion in sales and 16,000 stores across Russia, amassing a fortune valued at some $5 billion in the process. On Friday, he Read More

Bridges Across Russia Through Instagram

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With its countless rivers and tributaries, Russia has no shortage of stunning bridges. We asked you to send us your favorite photos of bridges and received submissions from Moscow to Novosibirsk. Next week, we’ll publish your best shots of Maslenitsa celebrations around Russia. Bonfires, scarecrows, pancakes — show us what you’re up to before Lent begins Read More

Alleged Troll Factory Mastermind Prigozhin, 12 Other Russians Charged With U.S. Election Meddling

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U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the details of a widespread and coordinated campaign by Russians to influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, delivering on his initial mandate by the Justice Department. In an indictment disclosed in Washington on Friday, Mueller describes a sweeping, years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians aimed Read More

A Dutiful Daughter-in-Law’s Maslenitsa Party

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Break out your crepe pan! It’s Maslenitsa, Russia’s raucous and riotous Shrovetide! Maslenitsa is the weeklong carnival before Orthodox Lent begins. But its origins and traditions, including its signature pancakes, are much older. Maslenitsa is a moment when perhaps I catch a hint of that infamously elusive “Great Russian Soul.” This may be because, of all the Russian Orthodox holidays that took over Read More