Arts & Culture

VDNKh (Exhibition of National Economy Achievements) has been recently renovated and cleared of shady stores that were housed in its Soviet era-built pavilions. Now this monumental public space is ready to host various events in its numerous display areas.

RUSSIA! editors September 17, 2014

Mark Galeotti
September 17, 2014

Some voices in Russia—including the maybe-maverick Igor Strelkov—have been talking about the threat of a “Moscow Maidan,” a Russian re-run of the Ukrainian street protests that brought down President Yanukovych. But at a time when political protest appears again quiescent, if not directly muzzled, it seems hard to see such a development. What’s going on?

The renovated and renamed VDNKh (formerly VVTs) has already become the space for some trendy and retro-themed exhibits. This one is devoted to Soviet cars, from police vehicles to experimental bolids.

RUSSIA! editors September 15, 2014


Kiev is the capital of a country fighting a war on its soil, but it rarely feels like it.

Ian Bateson September 15, 2014

Mark Adomanis
September 15, 2014

Push-back against Russia’s recent encroachment has to come via diplomacy and economics, not irregular warfare.


Members of online community "Old Vologda" have collected thousands of pictures related to their hometown.

RUSSIA! editors September 12, 2014


Maps tell you a lot. They tell you how someone wants something to look, and tend to only begrudgingly acknowledge reality. This week the map put out by Ukraine’s Security Council came crashing into reality.

Ian Bateson September 12, 2014

Mark Adomanis
September 11, 2014

In which I propose a new Russia-specific corollary to Godwin’s law.


16% of Russians think that Sergei Mavrody, the founder of a Ponzi scheme company MMM, is a financial genius, a recent poll by VCIOM shows.

RUSSIA! editors September 10, 2014

These pins and badges were designed during the Perestroika, when factory workers used every opportunity to augment their incomes and raise some money.

RUSSIA! editors September 09, 2014

Mark Adomanis
September 08, 2014

Attacking the Russians for their wishful thinking, illogic, and duplicity, Snyder demonstrated a fair amount of his own.


The first weekend of September is a non-stop citywide birthday party. There were hundreds of outdoor activities, concerts, and events. Some were a little bit lame, like watermelon carving, but many looked pretty cool, like knitting babushkas on Tverskaya street.

RUSSIA! editors September 08, 2014


On Friday, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko agreed with leaders of the pro-Russian separatist movement on a ceasefire deal that would halt armed hostilities that have racked the country’s east for almost five months. However, with the fundamental issues underpinning the conflict left unaddressed, there is little cause for optimism that the agreement will hold.

Matthew Luxmoore September 06, 2014

Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian street art duo. Murals by Aleksei Bordusov (AEC) and Vladimir Manzhos (Waone) can be seen in Ukraine, Russia, Western Europe, the Americas and Asia.

RUSSIA! editors September 04, 2014

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