Author: Josh Wilson

Coffee in Russia: From the Tsars to the Soviets to Today

The history of coffee in Russia has long reflected the country’s wider history. Originally a western import brought by Peter the Great, coffee culture has risen and fallen with the country’s revolutions and wars, and with its economic developments and collapses. Today, an increasingly thriving coffee culture can be found across Russia as record amounts […]

A Introductory Guide to Russian Soccer

Russian soccer caught the world’s attention in 2018, when Russia hosted a very successful FIFA World Cup. The game is Russia’s most popular national sport, ranking just above hockey, and Russia poured millions into new stadiums and renovations on older, Soviet-built stadiums. This construction was made as a point of pride for the Russian government, […]

Russia’s Top Movies: 2021 Year in Review

This year was particularly hard for the Russian film industry. However, it seems to be showing signs of life again. While none of the following films come close the takes that Russian movies had before the pandemic, they are beginning to offer hope that the industry can recover. Последний богатырь: Корень зла – The Last […]

Poland’s Top Polish Music: January 2021

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. Interested in getting monthly […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: January 2022

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. Interested in […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: January 2022

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. Interested in getting monthly updates? Sign up […]

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 […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: December 2021

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. Interested in getting monthly updates? Sign up […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: December 2021

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. Interested in […]

Poland’s Top Polish Music: December 2021

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. Interested in getting monthly […]

Russia’s Top Movies: Fall, 2021

This year was particularly hard for the Russian film industry. However, it seems to be showing signs of life again. While none of the following films come close the takes that Russian movies had before the pandemic, they are beginning to offer hope that the industry can recover. The following movies were all released between […]

Burger King Russia: Dirty Jokes, Big Burgers, and Fast Food Success

Burger King is a relative newcomer to the Russian fast food market. While other fast food giants opened stores in 1990s, the first Burger King in Russia opened in Moscow only in January, 2010. However, as of 2019, the last time that official information was released, the franchise in Russia was already valued at around […]

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