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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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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 […]

Moscow Shopping: A Complete Guide

Moscow brims with shopping outlets. From the discount to the luxury, from giant shopping malls to tiny kiosks, from antiques to the latest fashions, this guide hopes to introduce you to some of the best opportunities that students on SRAS programs in Moscow have found! Introduction and General Directory Shopping Malls: Moscow’s largest chain of […]

Manzhia: Russian Eurovision Entry 2021

Manzhia, a Russian-Tajik singer, is coming into a wider spotlight after her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She was born on 8 July 1991 in Tajikistan. Her mother was a fashion designer and psychologist, and her father worked as a doctor. Her father initially discouraged her from pursuing music, believing that it wasn’t […]

Sophia / София: Russian Series

Sophia is a Russian television series originally released on November 28th, 2016 on channel Russia 1. The series was directed by Aleksei Andrianov, and produced by Moskino filming company. As of now, there is only one season of the series containing eight episodes that is available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles. The historical drama […]

Guide to Russian Supermarkets

Russian supermarkets have been a great success story of the post-Soviet economy. Several large chains and holding companies have been built and, most importantly, Russian supermarkets have built up the supply chains to provide Russians with an ever-increasing diversity of produce and other groceries. The following short introductions to some of the largest chains of […]

Shopping in St. Petersburg, Russia: A Complete Guide

St. Petersburg brims with shopping outlets. From the discount to the luxury, from giant shopping malls to tiny kiosks, from antiques to the latest fashions, this guide hopes to introduce you to some of the best opportunities that students on SRAS programs in St. Petersburg have found! While the capitalist cornucopia in and around Nevsky […]

Russia’s Top Movies: May 2021

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. In recent years, Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis and COVID, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of […]

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