Religion in post-Soviet states - renaissance or fad? Find out in this week’s episode of In Russian Terms.
Why don’t Russian speakers smile? The reason may partially be the culture of exclusiveness.
Do аутсорсинг, маунтинбайкинг, and смузи sound familiar to you? With a little adjustment to the Cyrillic script, you probably guessed outsourcing, mountain biking, and smoothie. This week’s discussion is about loan words in Russian.
When was the last time you heard or read about the oligarch war or the shadow economy in Ukraine? In this week’s episode we continue the discussion about the Ukraine conflict and its participants.
Find out why cutting in line is pervasive in post-Soviet states and how to handle line cutters, in this week’s episode of In Russian Terms.
This week we look at the many nuances of the high-frequency Russian particle вот, and listen to short dialogues showcasing it.
If Nemtsov and Pussy Riot are largely unpopular in Russia, who shapes Russian public opinion? Find out in this installment of The Invisible Russian Opposition.
This week’s episode is about Russian conservatism, Russia’s ’tame’ and ‘independent’ opposition, why Russians love Putin, and what Noam Chomsky has to do with all these.
If you lived or worked in a Russian-speaking country, chances are that you heard Вы почему без шапки?, Закройте окно, вас продует!, Не сидите на холодном!, or Не выходите на улицу с мокрыми волосами! at east a few times. How to keep good Samaritans at bay? Let’s try to find out.
This week’s episode introduces diehard poli sci fans to the political jargon frequently heard in Russia’s media coverage of Ukraine. У каждого своя полу-правда or Ukraine: It Takes Five To Tango? is an unbiased attempt to look at all major participants of the conflict.
Being able to reproduce native-like stress patterns gets non-native speakers further than being able to accurately produce individual sounds. If Russian speakers do not understand you, the reason is probably not the jaw-breaking sounds and words Russian is notorious for but the wrong intonation you picked up in your language school.
The middle class is said to be the driving force behind the democratization process. Were the Arab Spring and the Ukrainian Maidan a case in point? And where is the Russian middle class?
Contrary to what you may have heard, Russians do not know their grammar. And no, Russian is not uniform. In this episode I discuss these and other misconceptions about the Russian language.
This eposode is about Khodorkovsky, ponyatiya, and the significance of spravedlivost in Russia. Where does the rule of law fit in all that? Well, exactly!