Ksenia Zhivago (left) and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina of punk protest group Pussy Riot will be in Seattle to talk and present a documentary on their artistic demonstrations against Putin. (Photo courtesy STG.)

Pussy Riot speaks: Russian punk protest artists in Seattle for talk, film

Maria Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago of Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot will speak and present the documentary "Pussy vs. Putin" in Seattle Feb. 8.
Feb 3, 2016
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
Vladimir Putin on a 2013 RT broadcast.

Have you been watching Russian government propaganda?

Popular cable and internet news channel Russia Today has developed cozy relationship with holocaust deniers and the ultra-right.
May 6, 2015
Ukrainians, Russians, and Americans standing together for "Seattle in memory of Boris Nemtsov and support of Nadejda Savchenko," a rally organized by Seattle-based Russian-Americans and UAWS. (Courtesy photo)

Ukrainian association pivots from promoting culture to protecting lives

The Ukrainian Association of Washington State has gone from promoting folk dancing to providing humanitarian relief for the war in Eastern Ukraine.
Mar 20, 2015
A building damaged in fighting in Kurakhove, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. (Photo by VO Svodboda via Picasa)

What the heck is happening in Ukraine (and why you should care)

A filmmaker from Ukraine visited Seattle last week and shared some shocking footage from a conflict that has turned into all out war.
Feb 17, 2015
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Immigrant dancers fighting for U.S. work visas

Ballroom dancers come through customs hoping to propel their careers by training with some of the world’s top coaches. But they're often gone again within six months, unable to secure an O-1B work visa.
Dec 19, 2014
Anske holding her book, 'Irkadura', about a Russian mute with special powers. (Photo courtesy Ksenia Anske)

Ksenia Anske writes her way onto Amtrak with fantasy

Ksenia Anske seems to have a respectable mantra for everything. On keeping up with the dying book industry:  “Just give it out for free.” On accepting praise: “Take the f*cking donut.” On children’s books: “Adults should read them, too!” On the digital age: “What’s everyone so stressed out about?” Most importantly, when life hands you […]
Dec 16, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers in the city of Slovyansk this summer, anticipating an attack by Russian separatists. (Photo by Sasha Maksymenko)

Local Ukrainians see an irreparable rift with Russia

As the ground war continues, so does the information war, further dividing once kindred Russians and Ukrainians.
Nov 20, 2014
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Ukrainian transplants find unity in crisis

In the face of Russian aggression, local Ukrainians are embracing their heritage.
Oct 30, 2014
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Don’t tease the bear: Why we Russians love Putin more than ever

Vladimir Putin has been making plenty of headlines since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis last November — and never in a good light. Whenever a new crisis hits the news, from the Malaysia plane crash, to street battles in Odessa, to the controversial aid convoy this summer, it’s cited as another example of Russian aggression masterminded by Putin. And with President Obama’s UN […]
Crimean coastline. (Photo by Argenberg via Flickr)

Seattle views on Crimea, Ukraine and Russia

Given the breakneck speed of developments in Russia and Ukraine, keeping track of the news - and sorting out fact from fiction - can be challenging.
Mar 18, 2014
Mountains near Sochi. (Photo by CosmoDreamer via Flickr)

Was Sochi the original Crimea?

Now that the glimmer of gold medals in Sochi has faded, we take a step back and examine what we didn't—but should have—learned about Sochi and Russia during the Winter Olympics.
Mar 14, 2014
LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

I may hate Russia’s law, but I can’t hate Russia

What's a Russophile to do about Vladimir V. Putin's homophobic policies?
Feb 19, 2014
Vodonos and her husband at their kitchen table in Queen Anne. From left; sukhariki—a hazelnut tea cookie, sauerkraut with cabbage and carrot, and a version with olive oil and cranberries. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Brave winter the Russian way — with homecooked food

If you want great Russian food in Seattle, you might have to cook it yourself. And Moscow transplant Irina Vodonos wants to teach you.
Jan 20, 2014
LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

Seattle to rally in support of Russia’s LGBT Community

Tonight Seattle joins a growing group of cities hosting rallies in support of Russia’s LGBT community.
Aug 2, 2013
Rob Anderson (right) senior project manager with Seattle-based EarthCorps, cuts a section of a blackberry plant for a group of international volunteers learning about invasive plants as part of a six-month program here on conservation and sustainability. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

EarthCorps program plants the seeds of global environmentalism

Twelve volunteers from around the world are in the Northwest building environmental restoration skills they’ll use to protect ecosystems back home.
Jun 14, 2013
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
A Bakery Nouveau twice-baked chocolate croissant that I just happened to have lying around the house. True story. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

New Russian and French snack spots come to Capitol Hill

Carb lovers rejoice: It just got a whole lot easier to get your hands on good croissants and dumplings on Capitol Hill.
Apr 29, 2013
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Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013
After 12 years in power, Vladimir Putin looms large over all aspects of Russian life. Here a cardboard cutout of him is displayed near the Kremlin in Moscow. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Russian immigrants share a love of Seattle, but are divided on politics

Young people from former Soviet Union countries share their impressions of Seattle (Produced by Valeria Koulikova in a UW Communication Dept video workshop) I’m proud to be one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Russia and Post-Soviet Republics currently living in Washington State. I’ve been in Seattle for over seven years now and I’ve met a […]
Jan 27, 2013