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  • To Yandex or Not to Yandex: Russian Apps to Make Your Life Easier

    Tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are taking over the world. We uber to places, facetime our friends, and google things up even when we do not exactly use Uber, Facetime, and Google, respectively. But what is just as popular in Russia?


  • Russia's Most Popular Social Media Platforms

    Let’s be honest, we are all Internet addicts here. We spend every second of our days online (okay, maybe except those times when we're asleep), watching videos, browsing social media, and swiping our lives away on tablets and smartphones. Everyone knows these: YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok – they feel like second homes to us. But, wait, what do you really know about social media in Russia? Is it even a thing? Today, you drew a lucky straw, we will be your guides (and part-time MythBusters) to the mysterious world of social media in Russia.


  • 5 Russian Natural Wonders

    Whenever I get to discuss my Russian travel plans with my friends, there comes a moment when one of us says, “This has to be the place every Russian wants to visit”. I noticed that those seemed to fit perfectly with another “Russian dream” of crossing the country from West to East, stopping at some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders along the way. Here’s what’s on my list for my round-the-country trip once I get to make it.


  • The Magic of the ‘90s

    From runways to video games, the ‘90s are hot right now. What were they like for us and our families? Were they the “wild” years of the post-Soviet era when money vanished and mafia ruled? Or the times of frizzy hair and first music videos? Or just a childhood when all of this seemed normal? We asked around:


  • Made in Russia: Bad Brand or Unexplored Potential?

    Are Russians unusually creative? Can they find a new outlook on the traditional? Is creativity a boon or a boost to the nation’s development of innovations and economy? Olga Bychkova, head of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS Center) at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) and the co-author of the book Fantastic Worlds of Russian High-Tech, spoke on these topics during a lecture organized by ITMO University and the EUSP as part of a series commemorating the launch of ITMO-EUSP joint Master's program Science and Technologies in Society.


  • The Magic of Russian May Holidays

    If you’ve never been to Russia (hint hint you really should come, summer is coming and we promise you won’t freeze to death, and bears have all abandoned their balalaikas and gone on vacation to the North Pole), you may not know that we love the beginning of May as dearly as we love that reposeful week after New Year’s. Why? Because ‘tis the sweet, sweet time of prolonged public holidays, often with the added plus of good weather. Here are our reflections on this wonderful time of the year.


  • Anecdotes: Telling Jokes the Russian Way

    The teacher asks the class: “Did you know that elements contract in the cold and expand in the heat?” Vovochka raises his hand… This is how anecdotes, a particular type of a Russian joke, often start out. With April Fools' Day just around the corner, we’re taking a deeper dive into this cultural phenomenon that is the most popular form of Russian humor.


  • Six Tips to Help You Navigate in Russia

    Moving to a new country can be daunting and it comes with many twists and challenges. I know this from my own experience and talking to friends who have lived abroad. Here are some tips that I hope will help you when you move to Russia!


  • This Weekend in St. Petersburg: February 2-3

    Catch the latest photography exhibition or two, learn about the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, and cook a batch of sweet and crunchy caramelized violets! Here is our weekly list of the best events going on in St. Pete this weekend.


  • Vegetarian & Vegan St. Petersburg: Restaurants

    Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just someone wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle, plant-based foods are always a good idea. Apart from being chock-full of vitamins, nutrients and other goodness, as well as a more ethical way to eat, these are also mouth-wateringly level of tasty. Don’t believe us? Here’s a series of articles featuring a comprehensive overview of vegetarian and vegan eateries and shops of St. Petersburg that will certainly make you change your mind. This first installment is dedicated to restaurants: big and small, upmarket and less so. Tuck in!