Some interesting readings from different viewpoints for those who want to know more about Russian culture, politics, history, or current events.


Lush Life: The Baffling, Beautiful Richness of Russian – A foreign correspondent discusses his love for the Russian language and its quirkiness in The Economist.

Myths and Realities of the Great Patriotic War – Walter Uhler reviews Catherine Merridale’s book on Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 for The Saint Petersburg Times.

Russia Never Wanted A War – Gorbachev reflects on the conflict between Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia in an op-ed for The New York Times.

Huge Profits Spell Doom for a 400-Acre Market The New York Times‘ Andrew Kramer discusses the possibly politically-motivated closure of the Cherkizovsky market in Moscow, which was integral to the livelihood of thousands of Central Asian and Chinese immigrants in the city.

The Myth of the Authoritarian Model: How Putin’s Crackdown Holds Russia Back – Stanford Professors Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss reflect on the increasingly autocratic nature of Russia’s leadership in Foreign Affairs.

Country, Vodka and Sour Cream – An emigre from St. Petersburg gives his take on Russian drinking culture in The New York Times.

Putin’s Kiss, Pinched Cheese, and Election SexThe Moscow Times‘ Anna Malpas discusses Russia’s propensity to produce weird news.


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