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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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Country of the Deaf: Learning Russian Through Film

Country of the Deaf (known as Страна глухих in Russian) is a 1998 crime film based on Renata Litvinova’s novel To Own and Belong (Обладать и принадлежать in Russian). The film sits in the top 20 Russian films of the 90s according to KinoPoisk and depicts an alternate Moscow set in the early 1990s that […]

Hanna

Hanna (Ханна) is a Russian pop star and model. Her full name is Anna Vladimirovna Kuryanova (Анна Владимировна Курьянова) and she hails from Cheboksary, the capital of the Chuvash Republic in south central Russia. She was born in the last days of the USSR on January 23rd, 1991. Hanna graduated from a music school specializing […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: June 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. Here’s how […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: June 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. Here is their lineup from June 25th, […]

Russia’s Top 5 Rap Songs: June 2021

PLAYD Russia on spotify has over 80 public playlists, covering many different genres, occasions, and charts. They can also be found on Facebook. Updated weekly, their Top 50 Rap chart shows the top hits in Russia. In late June of 2021, here is a snapshot of the Top 5:   1. CAMRY 3.5 – Slava […]

AK-47 Kalashnikov (2020 Film)

AK-47 Kalashnikov (known as «Калашников» in Russian) is a Russian film which chronicles the rise of inventor Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, creator of one the most infamous weapons of the modern era, the AK-47 assault rifle. The film is currently available on Amazon. Released in February of 2020 by MPI Media Group and sponsored by the […]

Five Diverse Russian Indie Groups to Listen to Now

So far, no other art form has contributed more significantly to my Russian language journey than music. Listening to Russian lyrics strengthens my listening comprehension; translating Russian songs deepens my vocabulary and broadens my understanding of Russian culture; and singing Russian songs helps me practice pronunciation and enunciation. It has also brought my language learning […]

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 […]

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