Movies

Kurmanjan Datka: American Students Review a Modern Kyrgyz Film

Kurmanjan Datka is a historical drama about a woman who helped unite Kyrgyzstan’s fourty tribes into a nation to fight the invading Russian forces. Recently, a modern film was made of her life and deeds. It is called simply Kurmanjan Datka, although it was released with English subtitles with a second name: Queen of the […]

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Attraction / Притяжение

Salyut-7 / Салют-7

Music

Filip Lato

Filip Lato is a young Polish musician based out of Warsaw. In his childhood, Filip attended the Secondary Music School in Warsaw, but interrupted his education there in order to attend a traditional school to graduate. He continued to play music as he went through university and law school and even after he became a […]

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Burito/Бурито

Artik & Asti/Артик и Асти

Cartoons

The Making of Nu, Pogodi!

This article was originally written as a Russian-language LiveJournal post by Vitaly Dubogrei. It was translated to English by Sophia Rhem while on her Home and Abroad: Translation program. For Russians, the characters from Nu, pogodi! have been our friends since the cradle. One is a young guy with shaggy hair and a guitar on […]

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15 Russian Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

The Wolf and Seven Baby Goats / Волк и семеро козлят

Food

The Curious Case of Moscow Blend Coffee

Paulig, a Finnish-owned foods company, recently introduced a line-up of geographically branded coffees to the Russian market. The locations the coffees claimed to represent were established coffee capitals: Havana, Paris, and New York. Soon after these three appeared, however, a fourth, locally-branded, Moscow flavor joined them. While Russia’s rapidly growing coffee market makes a localized […]

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X5 (Perekrestok, Pyaterochka, and Karusel): Russian Grocery Store Chains

Magnit: Russian Grocery Store Chain

MiniLessons

Russian MiniLesson: A Trip to the Gym in Russian

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing an annotated, simplified Russian text for intermediate students of Russian. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. Я хочу быть сильным и иметь хорошую фигуру. А чтобы , нужно регулярно тренироваться. Поэтому я хожу в тренажерный зал, 2-3 раза […]

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Russian MiniLessons: Social Media

Russian MiniLessons: Star Wars по-русски

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