The Moscow subway. (Photo from Flickr by Stefan Schlautmann)

Putin’s Orphans: Reasons to fear a dark turn in Russia

A late night encounter on the Moscow subway hints at a rising tide of hate in Russia.
Jan 1, 2017

5 Russian phrases I wish we had in English

"My, this is fine mushroom weather today!" and other Russian expressions, words and phrases.
Sep 28, 2016
Memes mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin, like this one on a sign in Moscow, are reminiscent of parodies of US politicians. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Pussy Riot, Putin and Romney: Seattle musicians rally for Russian punk band

The music is defiant, the bartenders studiously inattentive and the balaclavas sequined. If it weren’t for the smell of grilled onions wafting in from the hotdog stand outside and the cold beer (instead of warm vodka) I could still be in Moscow. But I’m at the Comet on Capitol Hill watching Corina Bakker of The […]
Oct 5, 2012

Anti-Putin protests unite Russian opposition

What do a communist, an ultra-nationalist and a gay rights activist have in common? In Russia, they all oppose the regime of President Vladimir Putin. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in central Moscow on Saturday in the first major protest in three months, proving that the anti-Putin movement still has the […]
Sep 16, 2012