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

U.S. places second in Internet usage, girl bloggers and how to fix a pothole Russian style

Sweden beats out the U.S. at using the internet  Sure, the U.S. is home to tech giants, media moguls and weird internet memes, but we come in second to Sweden in using the Internet to improve people’s lives. The World Wide Web Foundation ranked 61 developed countries by criteria like number of broadband connections, political […]
Sep 7, 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
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

Top 5 bizarre plans for tonight’s Mayan apocalypse

The end is near! And for Seattleites that means going out with a bang. It’s almost December 21st, the day the Ancient Mayans predicted (sort of) that the world would end. Or maybe John Cusack just starred in a movie about it and we’ve officially lost touch with reality. Either way, Elysian Brewery is serving […]
Dec 20, 2012

The Russian bakery so nice, they named it twice

Cheese. Did your mouth just water? Yeah, mine too. If anyone knows what cheese can do to people, it is Oliver Kotelnikov, owner of the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky in the Pike Place Market. Apparently, cheese can make pastries fly off the shelves. Cheese didn’t start it all, though. Kotelnikov’s parents did, 20 years ago, […]
Jan 8, 2013

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

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

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

“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
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
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
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.

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

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

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
(Photo by Kseniya Sovenko)

Ukrainian transplants find unity in crisis

In the face of Russian aggression, local Ukrainians are embracing their heritage.
Oct 30, 2014

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
(Photo from Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)(Photo from Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)

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 […]
Oct 30, 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