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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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International Cuisine in Vladivostok

Vladivostok is a large, international metropolis. On the border with or very near several Asian states: Japan, North and South Korea, and China, Asian influences in Vladivostok’s restaurant scene is very strong. You’ll also find Indian (which is also investing in the Far East) as well as cuisines from the Caucauses, which have been popular […]

Отава Ё – Russian Indie Folk Fusion Online

Отава Ё is a folk music group founded in St. Petersburg, Russia. This popular folk fusion group started in 2003 as the side project of two bands – Reelroad and Tales of the Forest. The two members of Reelroad, Alexey Belkin and Alexei Skosyrev, paired up with two members of Tales of the Forest, Dmitry […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: February 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 […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: February 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 […]

Guide to Russian Discount Retailers

Russia’s discount retail sector has grown rapidly in recent years. Many have attributed this primarily to the stagnation of Russia’s economy since 2014. However, many other chains have grown in that time as well – with many of them in the luxury sector. Coffee, craft beer, and craft burgers have also experienced explosive growth, as […]

Morgenshtern – Outrageously Lasting YouTube Rap Popularity

In the past decade, no other musician has been able to so rapidly capture and hold the attention of Russian youths like Morgenshtern. Similar to controversial American rappers such as 6ix9ine, Lil Pump, and XXXtentacion, Morgenshtern got face tattoos early in his career and made his appearance outlandish, was overly hedonistic, and purposely sought out […]

Guide to Russian Coffee Shops

Coffee culture has come to Russia relatively recently – within the last few years – but has exploded within that time. Although there are now many chains and independent shops dotting Russian cities, covering kiosks, to-go windows, and sit-down shops, there are few chains that have managed to become truly “Russian” in that they were […]

The Hatters – Russian Gypsy Folk Rock

The Hatters are a gypsy-folk rock band that was started in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016. The five main members of the band include: Yuri Muzychenko, Pavel Lichadeev, Alexander “Kikir” Anisimov, Dmitry Vecherinin, and Anna Muzychenko. The group of musicians officially formed their band in 2016 when they released their first song, “Russian Style” online. […]

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