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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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FO SHO: Three Black, Jewish Sisters Driving Ukrainian Hip-Hop

When she was six years old, Bethlehem (Betty) Endale’s parents asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She still clearly remembers her reply: “Well, I will be a singer.” With her sisters Miriam and Siona, Betty went on to form the group FO SHO, a hip-hop project that has garnered both […]

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession (Иван Васильевич меняет профессию) is a legendary Russian-language comedy film released in 1973 under the USSR. It is is available for free on YouTube with English and Russian subtitles and HD quality. At once a comedy, a sci-fi, and a (very loosely) period piece, its surreal storyline spans both the 20th […]

Milos Bikovic: Serbian Actor and Producer

Milos Bikovic (Милош Бикович) is a Serbian and Russian film actor, theatrical performer, and producer. He is best known for his roles in modern Russian films and TV serials. Born on 13 January 1988 in Belgrade, he became a Russian citizen in 2021 after living and working there for many years. Milos acted in national […]

Kalush Orchestra: The “Conscious” Folk-Rap That Brought Ukraine to Eurovision Victory

The first rap that Oleh Psiuk ever wrote was a diss on his school teacher, much to the joy of his fellow classmates. He was only 15 years old, on track to become an engineer like his father. He loved music and was an avid listener of artists like Eminem, NWA, Eazy E, and Ice […]

Alina Pash: Ukrainian and Rusyn Experimental-Folk Music From the Heart

When asked to describe herself, Alina Pash proudly declares that she is “100% Bitanga” (a word from the Rusyn language meaning “Hooligan”). True to that characterization, she often pushes boundaries through both her personal style and the content of her music. Not wanting to conform to anyone else’s agenda, she even created her own music […]

Postman: Modern City Folk Music from Kyiv and Everywhere Else

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Konstantin Pochtar performs, writes, and records across a vast array of cities and countries. He names travel as both his passion and his inspiration, driving him to write music that features everywhere from the city streets of his native Kyiv, Ukraine, to Antarctica. Music is not a new pursuit for Pochtar, […]

Mila Sivatskaya: Ukrainian actress, singer, and influencer

Mila Sivatskaya (Людмила Алексеевна Сивацкая) is a well-known Ukrainian actress, singer, model, and show host. She was born on 2 December 1998 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Mila lived in a household with her mother Oksana Sivatskaya, father Aleksey Sivatskiy, and grew up with her brother Aleksey Sivatskiy in Kyiv, Ukraine. As an actor, however, she has […]

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 […]

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