Irina Vodonos, her mother and their family dog in May 1994, several months before Vodonos and her father became the first in their family to move to the U.S. The rest of the family followed two years later. (Photo courtesy Irina Vodonos.)

An immigrant “comes out” as a refugee

The recent U.S. backlash against Syrian refugees has convinced writer Irina Vodonos to talk openly about coming to United States as a refugee.
Dec 10, 2015
"Generation Putin" radio series wins Edward R. Murrow Award

‘Generation Putin’ wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

  Generation Putin, an hour-long radio special about young people and politics in the Former Soviet Union, received a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. 
Jun 11, 2014
Young Buzya Shapovalova (center) with fellow Russian Army soldiers.

“For Motherland! For Stalin!” Seattle’s Russian WWII Vets celebrate Victory Day

For the 41 veterans who of the Soviet Union’s “Great Patriotic War” who live in Washington state, World War II is more than just a history lesson.
May 11, 2013
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Searching for Sasha: How to find a childhood pen pal

When the Seattle Globalist reporting team – Sarah Stuteville and Jessica Partnow – took off for a 2-month reporting trip in the Former Soviet Union, they had a secret goal: to find Sasha, Jessica’s childhood pen pal from 1990. Sarah chronicles the journey in photos (after the jump), which all started with an aged letter, […]
Aug 27, 2012
An activist from women's rights group Femen uses a chainsaw to cut down a Christian cross near the Oktyabrsky Palace in central Kiev

Russian Pussies and Ukrainian Boobs: The new feminism of the former Soviet Union

Yesterday, Russian punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of “hooliganism” and sentenced to two years in prison. The case has dominated the Internet and the airwaves for weeks, forcing well-mannered newscasters to cringingly utter one of our most taboo words in nightly news roundups. The trouble started back in February when the group staged a direct-action protest […]
Aug 18, 2012