Movies

Going Vertical / Движение вверх: Learning Russian Through Film

Движение вверх (known as Going Vertical or Three Seconds in English) broke the record of highest earning Russian film at the global box office shortly after its release in late 2017. According to Russia’s KinoPoisk, it earned a grand total of nearly sixty million dollars. Although the record has again been broken by other films, […]

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Dovlatov / Довлатов: Learn Russian Through Film

Холоп / Serf: Learn Russian through Film

Music

Madina Aknazarova / Мадина Акназарова

Madina Aknazarova (Мадина Акназарова) is a Tajik pop singer. She was born on 15 February, 1998 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She lived there with her aunt and her mother until she was in the ninth grade. She then moved to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 2014 and attended a musical college there. She currently studies at the […]

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Feruza Jumaniyozova

Farzonai Khurshed / Фарзонаи Хушед

Cartoons

15 Russian Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

These cartoons are full of joyful, bright, and homey holiday charm. It’s no secret that the holiday season is most precious to us in childhood. Because for children, it is not just an opportunity to gather together with loved ones. It’s an occasion for presents, Grandfather Frost, Snegurochka, beautiful spruce trees, and hope for a […]

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The Making of Nu, Pogodi!

The Wolf and Seven Baby Goats / Волк и семеро козлят

Food

Local Fast Food in Moscow: A Menu of Possibilities

Moscow is a large, fast-paced city that offers lots of cheap, fast, filling options for grabbing a bite to eat. While you will find big name western fast food all over the city, there are a number of local options you should try as well. These include chains that specialize in local comfort foods like […]

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Three Local Buryat Cafes in Irkutsk

Seven Very Different Lunches In Irkutsk

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 , 2-3 раза в неделю, и […]

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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