We've seen many weird books in the Russian bookstores, but this one beats them hands down and has already gone viral in the Russian Internet. "How the brave Ruble has defeated the ingenious Dollar" is (poorly) written by Yevgeny Sivkov and is meant to teach the children a sense of patriotism for the national currency.

RUSSIA! editors October 24, 2014

William Beaver
October 23, 2014

As long as Putin and Russia are rational actors, which they seem to be, they will be unwilling to challenge the U.S. militarily.


If you are not following photographer Sergey Ponomarev on Instagram, you've missed his #Dagestagram photos and stories from his trips to Dagestan.

RUSSIA! editors October 22, 2014


What has the Ukrainian crisis done to LGBT rights in Russia, apart from divert the outside world’s attention? Has the conquest of Crimea—the “Krym Nash” (Crimea Is Ours) movement—similarly distracted Russian homophobes?

Kevin Rothrock October 21, 2014

Mark Adomanis
October 21, 2014

Railing against “revisionists” Anne Applebaum has re-written history to serve her own ends.

Russian designer Artemy Lebedev, who is also one of Runet's most popular bloggers, has created a series of 10 manhole covers for Moscow.

RUSSIA! editors October 21, 2014

As it happens, one of our favorite vk.com pages M C M X X X V has a corresponding Instagram account, fully devoted to Soviet architecture of 1930s through 1950s.

RUSSIA! editors October 17, 2014

This is what Soviet contemporary art looked like before it was replaced by socialist realism.

RUSSIA! editors October 16, 2014


When two objects collide their trajectories are changed by the impact. The two objects exchange energy, pushing each other in different directions they would not have gone in otherwise.

Ian Bateson October 16, 2014

Mark Adomanis
October 15, 2014

Beneath a veneer of unity, the country’s cleavages are as important as they’ve ever been.

Arts & Culture

I was born in Kharkiv and remember that statue well. It was located at the head of what was then the Dzerzhinsky Square, the largest public square in the Soviet Union (larger than the Red Square in Moscow).

Steven Volynets October 14, 2014

Beyond the Grand Prix hype, ordinary sports schools are enjoying a post-Olympic surge in interest.

Andy Potts October 13, 2014

Mark Adomanis
October 13, 2014

The Russian Central Bank’s pile of cash is getting smaller pretty darn fast.


A list of Russian businessmen who stand the most to lose if Ukraine were to remove all stops from a possible trade war.

RUSSIA! editors October 13, 2014

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