Russia’s Top 9 Films From 2019

After a few years of record-breaking growth, Russia’s film industry took a break in 2019. Many analysts attribute this to stagnating incomes, but it seems an even bigger issue is the failure of this year’s lineup to really capture Russian values and imaginations. Much like in 2018, the films that did best are those that […]

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Russkoe Radio Top 5: December 2019

Russkoe Radio plays pop music exclusively in Russian. What’s big in Russian-language pop and dance music? Russkoe Radio’s pop playlists can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here is their lineup from December 27, […]

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 […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: November 2019

Russkoe Radio plays pop music exclusively in Russian. What’s big in Russian-language pop and dance music? Russkoe Radio’s pop playlists can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here is their lineup from November 29, […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: November 2019

Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn’t quite “pop.” What’s big in Russian-language rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio’s all-Russian and eclectic playlist can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here’s how […]

Russia’s Top Movies: November 2019

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in […]

Metro Game Series

Metro 2033 (2010) is a survival horror/first person shooter game set in the not-so-distant dystopian future where Moscow is left in ruins after a nuclear war. The player gets to control Artyom Chyorny – one of the survivors, who managed to rebuild their life from scratch in the depths of the Moscow metro. Having lived […]

Better Than Us / Лучше, чем люди

Better Than Us (Лучше, чем люди) is the first ever Russian-language Netflix original series. A sci-fi drama, it takes place in the near future where fully anthropomorphic robots commonly live among humans. It focuses on Arisa, an experimental domestic service robot programed with “the semblance of freewill” and an increased ability to defend herself and […]

Night Swallows / Ночные ласточки

Night Swallows (Ночные ласточки) is a Russian-language military drama mini-series, directed by Mikhail Kabanov and produced by Star Media. Based on true story, Night Swallows is about the all-female aviation unit formed by Stalin in 1941. The unit, which became known as the “Night Swallows” in the USSR and often referred to as “Night Witches” […]

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