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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Poland’s Top Polish Music: November 2019

Radio Zet is one of Poland’s most popular pop music stations. What’s big in Polish-language adult contemporary, dance, and easy-listening? Radio Zet’s 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 Polish music site. With a few hits […]

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” […]

Wind in the Face / Ветер в Лицо

Wind in the Face (Ветер в Лицо) is a Russian-language melodrama TV mini-series, produced by Star Media and directed by Nikolay Mikhaylov. The series was originally released on May 5, 2014, on Russia’s Channel One. There are 4 episodes, all of which are available for free on YouTube with English subtitles. The series is about […]

Russia’s Top Movies: October 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 […]

Poland’s Top Polish Music: October 2019

Radio Zet is one of Poland’s most popular pop music stations. What’s big in Polish-language adult contemporary, dance, and easy-listening? Radio Zet’s 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 Polish music site. With a few hits […]

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